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Bavaria Investigates Ex-nazis Who Collaborated with Eichmann

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Bavarian officials announced today that they have resumed probes into the wartime activities of ex-Nazis who collaborated during the war with the late Adolf Eichmann and the latter’s principal assistant for The Netherlands, Erich Raja-kovic. Rajakovic is now under arrest in Vienna, where Austrian authorities are investigating charges that, under Eichmann’s jurisdiction, he had sent 110, 000 Dutch Jews to the Nazi death camps.

One of the ex-Nazis being questioned now in connection with the deportation of the Dutch Jews is Wilhelm Zoeph. One of Eichmann’s chieftains in Holland during the war, he is suspected of having been responsible for many thousands of deportations between 1942 and 1945.

Zoeph had been arrested on war crimes charges in 1960, but released in December of that year. Now, according to prosecuting authorities, he may be rearrested. New materials tying him in with the Rajakovic and Eichmann activities had been obtained from the United States Documentation Center for Nazi Archives. In addition, at least 10 persons have been located, who are ready to testify about Zoeph’s work in Holland. Zoeph now lives near Munich.

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