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Two Israelis Testify in German Court on Atrocities in Nazi Camp

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Two Israeli witnesses told a court here today about atrocities committed by a number of the defendants on trial here on war crimes charges, while serving as officials of the Treblinka concentration camp.

Describing his sufferings at the hands of ex-camp commander Kurt Franz and nine other defendants, Abraham Goldfarb, 55, said he once saw Franz join a group of Jewish children in play just before they were gassed. He said he heard Franz say at the time that children were “all headed for heaven.” He also said that the German guards would cut open pregnant Jewish women after they were gassed to make sure “the fruit of their wombs” were also dead.

Jakob Eisner, another Israeli, told the court that Franz had once ordered a Jewish boxer from Krakow to put on boxing gloves with him. He said Franz, in an apparent attempt to amuse his SS colleagues, suddenly shot and killed the Jewish inmate.

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