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German Naval Chief Charged by British with Participating in Persecution of Jews

Admiral Karl Doenitz, former chief of the German navy, was charged today with being equally responsible with other Nazi leaders for the persecution of Jews.

British Prosecutor Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe quoted an address by Doenitz in March, 1944, in which he urged the officers and men of the German navy to join in driving every vestige of Jewry from the German nation. The former naval chief, who headed the short-lived post-Sitler German Government, replied that he had feared that the Jews might have an adverse effect on the morale of the Germans, who were being heavily bombarded by Allied air fleets.