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Fifteen Officials of Stuttrof Concentration Camp on Trial for Murder of Jews, Poles

Fifteen officials of the Stutthof concentration camp where some 80,000 Jews and Poles were murdered between September 1939 and January 1945, today went on trial before a war crimes court in Danzig.

Most of the prisoners were killed by gassing or were thrown into the sea with weights tied around their necks. One of the accused, Josef Reiter, is charged with torturing Jews by making them carry heavy loads of stones and beating them to death when they collapsed under the burden. Another defendant is charged with having used 1,500 prisoners as live targets for rifle practice.

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