MUNICH (Sep. 24)
The Bavarian Party today added its voice to the chorus demanding a full and open investigation of the trial of the late Philip Auerbach, former head of the Bavarian Restitution Office, who committed suicide here last month following his conviction on charges of fraud in office.
Auerbach, a Jew, was convicted by a five-man court, three of whose members were former Nazi Party officials. Subsequently, the chief witness against Auerbach was convicted of perjury in another case.
In a special declaration, the Bavarian Party, a Conservative group, demanded that the parliamentary commission “disclose the extent” to which Bavarian Minister-President Hans Erhard and Dr. Joseph Mueller, provincial Minister of Justice who ordered Auerbach to stand trial, were involved in the “dark financial transactions” of former Munich Chief Rabbi Aaron Ohrenstein, who was tried with Auerbach. The declaration called the Auerbach trial a “monstrous disgrace” for Bavaria and said it was not difficult to understand why foreign newspapers had drawn a parallel between it and the Dreyfus casa.