London (Nov. 4)
Forty-two guards and administrators of the Dachau concentration camp will go on trial next week in the first mass war crime proceedings in the American zone in Germany, it was reported here today. The formal indictment was read to the defendants on Friday and they have until Nov. 15, when the trial begins, to prepare their defense with the assistance of four American officers and any German attorneys they want to engage.
One of the principal defendants is Christof Ludwig Knoll, who bragged that he hanged 98 Jews and many other persons, Friederich Wilhelm Ruppert, who operated gas absorbers at Maidanek and Martin Weiss, the commandant of Dachau. The trial will take place in courts located on the site of the camp.
The Nuremberg trial of the 23 top Nazis, which was to begin on Nov. 20, may be postponed as much as six weeks to allow defense counsel additional time, the London press reports from Nuremberg. Another report, from Lueneburg, says that 4,000,000 (##) have been spoken there at the Belsen trial which goes into its eighth week tomorrow. The preceedings are expected to continue for at least another two weeks.
A broadcast from Linz, Austria, said today that Johann Hcelzi has been sentenced to death by a peoples court in Vienna for shooting four Jews at the Guens Camp last (##) Sunday when the S.S. executed 85 Jews.