Nazi-era papers trigger German row

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Ever since the papers hit the news-stands here in Germany in January, there has been a bout of national soul-searching about the country's Nazi past.

Jewish groups and commentators have questioned the project's historic value, claiming that the reprints of the Nazi-era newspapers will play into the hands of far-right groups who could use the papers for their own propaganda purposes.

The authorities in the state Bavaria went one step further and announced that they would press criminal proceedings against the publisher of Zeitungszeugen.

The authorities confiscated more than 3,200 reprints of an edition of the Nazi newspaper, Voelkischer Beobachter (People's Observer), in the second issue of Zeitungszeugen in Bavaria.

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