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What was right then

Sunday's election of the German Bundespräsident is being overshadowed by the Nazi past of one of the delgates to the federal assembly that choose the president. Hans Filbinger, CDU, was a military judge for the Nazis, and in 1978 resigned as premier of Baden-Wuerttemberg state when his past came to light. At the time he was quoted as saying "what was right then cannot be wrong now". The thing is, this is the fourth time Filbinger has served on the assembly since his resignation. So it was OK in the '90s for ex-Nazi judges to choose the president, and suddenly not OK now? Or has German politics become so polarized that even old news can be dug up for new controversy?

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