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German Court Sentences Ex-gestapo Commander at Concentration Camp to 15-year Term

A German court here today sentenced Rudelf Beer, former Gestape commander at the Ravensbrueck concentration camp for women, to 15 years imprisonment following his conviction on charges of having killed 11 prisoners and injured 25 others. In passing sentence, the judge commented: “It is deplorable that the law prohibits a greater sentence.”

During the course of the trial two witnesses were arrested on suspicion of participating in some of Beer’s crimes. One, Fritz Messer, has already confessed to murdering one Jewish prisoner at the camp.