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Ex-nazi Charged with Murder of Jews in Lvov Ghetto; Trial Opens

Oskar Waltke, 56, a former SS member, pleaded innocent today to charges of murder and complicity to murder from 1942 to 1944 of Jews in the Lvov Ghetto during the war.

Hyman Wiesenthal, a former Lvov architect who is now director of the Vienna Jewish Document Center and author of a book entitled, “I Hunted Eichmann,” testified at the opening of Waltke’s trial before a jury court here today.

He said he had watched Waltke arrange transports of Jews from the ghetto to a near by labor camp. He also said Waltke, now a Hanover businessman, was known to the Lvov Ghetto prisoners as one of the most cruel of the SS men.