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Ex-gestapo Chief for Serbia on Trial for Mass Murders

The trial of Emanuel Schaefer, former Gestapo chief in Serbia, on charges of complicity in the murder of 6,000 Serbian Jews, opened in Cologne yesterday.

Schaefer, who is currently serving a sentence based on membership in the Gestapo, is accused of having ordered Jewish women and children loaded into specially constructed vehicles in which they were gassed to death. In 1942 Schaefer reported to Berlin that “Serbia is free of Jews.” After the war Schaefer escaped detection as a prisoner in an American POW camp under an assumed name. He was later discovered working in Cologne.