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Two Sachsenhausen Camp Guards Given Life Terms for Mass Murders

Two former SS guards at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of camp inmates. A third man was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for having aided in the killings. The verdicts were handed down after a three-week trial here.

The life sentences were given to Otto Boehm, convicted of murdering 43 persons, most of them Jews, and to August Hoehn, found guilty of murdering six Russian prisoners and of complicity in the murder of 343 other camp inmates. These were the severest penalties that the court was empowered to give, as there is no death penalty in West Germany. The third man, who received a five-year sentence for complicity in the murders of 510 prisoners, is Horst Hempel.