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Nazi Camp Commandant Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Germany

The Ansbach jury court sentenced today Karl Chmielewski, former commandant of the Gusen sub-camp of the Mauthausen concentration camp, to life imprisonment for the murder of nearly 300 camp inmates.

The former SS officer was sentenced after several weeks of testimony by more than 100 witnesses who gave descriptions of unbelievable horrors which took place at the sub-camp. These included the death baths devised by Chmielewski in which inmates were taken naked to the camp courtyard and hosed down with ice cold water until they died.