117,000 Dutch Jews Murdered in Oswiecim Gas Chambers, Nuremberg Court Hears
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117,000 Dutch Jews Murdered in Oswiecim Gas Chambers, Nuremberg Court Hears

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Allied prosecutors charged today at the international war crimes trial here that of the 140,000 Dutch Jews deported while Arthur Seyss-Inquart was acting as German Commissioner in the Netherlands, 117,000 of the deportees died in the notorious Oswiecim gas chambers.

In presenting its case against Seyss-Inquart the prosecution listed numerous anti-Jewish measures issued by the defendant in the Netherlands and in Poland, where he served as acting vice-governor. The prosecution queued the defendant as telling a Dutch meeting: “We’ll boat Jews wherever we meet them and these joining them must boar the consequences.”

Another defendant, Baldur von Schirach, Nazi youth leader, was charged by the prosecution with responsibility of deporting 60,000 Viennese Jews to Poland upon the orders of Deputy Fuchrer Martin Bermann, who is being tried in absentia. Capt. Drexel Sprocher, American assistant prosecutor, read to the court von Schirach’s own statement that as Nazi district leader he had driven “tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of Jews into the ghetto of the East.”

The prosecution also introduced evidence of the numerous anti-Jewish measures drafted by Wilholm Frisk, another defendant. The evidence showed that daring Frick’s tenure in Prague many thousands of Czechoslovak Jews were departed to the Oswiecim gas chambers.

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