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Ex-nazi Police Officers to Go on Trial for Killing 10,000 Jews

The Freiburg public prosecutor’s office announced today that three former Nazi police officers will go on trial here on charges of complicity in the murder of some 10,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Russia during the war.

The defendants are Joseph Uhl, 54, Gerhard Riebel, 48, and Heinz Gerd Huelsemann, 44. The killings took place in Bialystok, Minsk and Mogilew. The trial is expected to start in May and some 80 witnesses will be called to testify.

The trial of former Nazi euthanasia specialist Werner Heyde and two co-defendants, originally slated to begin in the Limburg jury court on April 23, has been postponed until the late summer or fall, officials here announced today. No reason was given for the postponement.

Dr. Heyde is charged with the murder of at least 100,000 persons in the Nazi program for disposing of individuals deemed to be too sick or old to be allowed to continue to live. Dr. Hans Hefelmann and Dr. Bernard Bohne, the co-defendants, are charged with responsibility for the murders of 73,000 and 15,000 persons, respectively.

Two former SS men went on trial in Hanover today on charges of the murder at Luneberg Heath of three Hanover concentration camp prisoners to prevent them from being saved by approaching Allied forces early in 1945. The two defendants are William Genth of Helmstadt, 68, retired on a pension, and Paul Maass, 55, a Lubeck bricklayer.

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