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Seyss-in Quart Tells Court He Was Unaware That Deported Dutch Jews Were Exterminated

Dr. Arthur Soyss-Inquart, former Nazi commissioner for Holland who was responsible for the deportation to death chambers of tans of thousands of Dutch Jews, today insisted that he was completely unaware of the conditions under which the Jews perished after being deported from Holland.

Through his defense lawyer at the trial of the top Nazi criminals here, Scyss-Inquart asserted that he considered the anti-Jewish measures in Holland nothing but “safety measures for the duration of the war only.” He blamed Gostape chief Heinrich Himmlor for the mass-annihilation of the Jews.

His lawyer, Dr, Gustav Stoinbaucr, told the court that Soyss-Inquart made an effort to prevent the deportation of many Dutch Jews to camps in Poland. He also attempted to present Scyss-Inquart as a “protector” of Jews in Holland by claiming that he intervened on a number of occasions to prevent harsh treatment of Jews.