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German Arrested for Desecrating Jewish Cemetery in Soviet Sector of Berlin

A 29-year-old gardener was arrested by East German police today, charged with participating in numerous acts of desecration committed recently at the Weissensee Jewish cemetery, in the Soviet sector of Berlin. The gardener, Walter Grimm, was apprehended when he tried to sell metal stolen from Jewish monuments.

The public prosecutor here has charged Josef Hirtreiter, a former guard at the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland, with murder and crimes against humanity. Hirtreiter is accused of having taken part in the murder of an unspecified number of Jews in the Nazi camp.

A German court has acquitted Friedrich Wagner, a merchant of Wetzlar, who had been charged with slander for stating that Albert Wagner, member of the Hesse Provincial Cabinet, had once sold Nazi literature. The court decided that the defendant was able to prove his allegations.