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Defendant at Auschwitz Trial Displays Indifference to Murder Charges

Oswald Kaduk, one of the key defendants in the trial of 22 members of the staff of the Auschwitz concentration camp, played disinterestedly with a ballpoint pen today while a witness accused him of killing several prisoners.

Leon Czekalski, 44, a barber from Warsaw, told the court he had seen Kaduk shoot various inmates in the winter of 1942-43. Kaduk appeared to be not listening to the testimony. The witness also made allegations against two other defendants–Wilhelm Boger and Emile Bednarik. The latter, he said, had learned to kill from the S.S. Corps. “Several times I saw him beat near-starving prisoners to death with a chair then retire to his room to pray, ” he declared.