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Trial of Nazi Official Charged with Killing Jews Opens in Germany

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The trial of a 45-year-old former police inspector, Wilhelm Doerig, in the wartime murder of Polish Jews, which opened before a jury court here yesterday, will last at least until the end of this month, court officials said today. Thirty-two witnesses will be called.

Doerig, who has been under arrest since May 1961, was accused of the murder of more than 700 Polish Jews, including some children deemed insane by the Nazis.

Twenty Israelis will come to West Germany next month to testify in the war crimes trial of Oscar Waltke, a former Gestapo officer who was in charge of the Lvov ghetto during the German occupation.

Waltke specialized in uncovering Jews with Gentile names and papers. Few of his victims survived his interrogation and tortures. One eyewitness is the Gentile wife of a Jew who was abused by Waltke and saved only because she gave the Gestapo officer a large bribe.

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