Warsaw (Dec. 18)
Representatives of the Jewish community have been invited to testify at the trial of the Nazi rulers of Warsaw, which opened here yesterday.
Dr. Adolph Berman and Mark Bitter, leaders of the Central Committee of Polish Jews, who were in Poland during the German occupation, will testify concerning the annihilation of 1,600,000 Jews under the direction of the four defendants: Ludwig Fischer, former governor or Warsaw; Ludwig Leist, Fischer’s assistant and the town commandant; Joseph Meissinger, chief of the Warsaw Gestapo and Max Daume, head of the German police force.
During the reading of the indictment yesterday, Chief Prosecutor Siewierski said that the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto were subjected to indescribable horrors prior to their execution. He pointed out that Fischer and his assistants profited personally to the extent of millions of marks as a result of the confiscation of Jewish property.
Attending the trial as an observer is Maj. Gen. Telford Taylor, chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg.