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Magistrate Orders Trial of Israel Immigrant Accused of Serving As Nazi Guard

Elsa Trenk, 26-year-old recent immigrant to Israel, was today ordered to stand trial before a district court on charges of crimes against humanity in 1944 when she served as a supervisory guard in the Nazi death camp at Oswiecim.

Her trial was ordered by a magistrate who, after preliminary hearings over a period of several weeks, decided that there was enough evidence against the woman to warrant her being tried. Among the various crimes of which she was accused by former concentration camp inmates now living in Israel was that she once ordered 800 women prisoners to kneel on a concrete floor for several hours.