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Nazi Camp Commander Gets 10 Years’ Sentence for Murder of Inmates

Wilhelm Reischenbeck, former commander of the SS guards at the Auschwitz death camp, was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment on charges of complicity in the murder of 30 camp prisoners in January, 1945.

During the two-day trial, one of the swiftest involving Nazi criminals, ten witnesses testified that he took charge of 4,000 prisoners during a three-day death march and ordered that those who fell exhausted were to be shot to death. One witness, Klaus Salomon, said he saw Reischenbeck kill two prisoners.