Two Germans Face Trial in Berlin for Beating Jew to Death

A German Court here has begun to try Willie Boehme and Erwin Benkendorf, two former officials of the Nazi Party, for beating to death a 52-year-old Jewish tailor in Berlin in 1944.

Two years ago, the pair was found guilty of the crime by a court operating under Allied regulations. Boehme was sentenced to 12 years and Benkendorf to 15 years. Subsequently, the West German constitutional court at Karlsruhe ruled that the Allied laws on crimes against humanity were invalid and ordered a new trial under German law.

The West Berlin Post Office Department today issued a six-pfennig stamp with the portrait of Walther Rathenau, the brilliant Jewish industrialist and thinker who served as German Foreign Minister in 1922, until he was assassinated on a Berlin Street by German fascists.

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