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Expert Says Nazis Lie when They Deny Knowing of Murder of Jews

An expert on contemporary German history told a war crimes trial here yesterday that claims by former SS officers at such trials that they had never known anything about the Nazi annihilation of Jews were “grotesque untruthfulness.”

The expert was Dr. Von Krannhals, of Luenberg, who testified at the trial of former SS Gen. Karl Wolff who is charged with the wartime slaughter of 300,000 Jews in occupied Warsaw. Wolff was an adjutant to Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler.

The expert also testified that the German armed forces had tried to prevent the SS from killing Jews in Poland, and that the mass murders had led to sharp differences between the army and the SS.