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Survivors of Vilna Ghetto Protest Acquittal of Ex-nazi in Austria

Several hundred survivors of the Nazi occupation of the Vilna Ghetto made a formal protest last night to the Austrian Charge d’ Affaires here against the acquittal in Graz of Franz Murer, on charges of murdering thousands of Jews in the Ghetto.

The Austrian official, who met the protesters at the Austrian Embassy, promised to send a cable immediately to his Government on the survivors’ demand that Murer be tried again. Presentation of the demand followed a mass meeting of the former Ghetto inmates, survivors of concentration camps and former partisans, all wearing the yellow Mogen Dovid which the Nazis forced Jews to wear in all occupied countries. Speakers at the mass meeting said that the acquittal was approved despite clear evidence that Murer committed the murders.