Trial of 22 Guards of Auschwitz Camp Adjourned; Testimony Completed
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Trial of 22 Guards of Auschwitz Camp Adjourned; Testimony Completed

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The trial in Frankfurt of 22 former guards of the Auschwith camp was adjourned here today until the end of March or the beginning of April, after witnesses completed testimony. The trial, largest involving Nazi war criminals in recent years, started in December, 1963. Prosecution and defense will make their final statements when the trial resumes.

In another trial, members of a war crimes court in Dusseldorf left yesterday for the United States to take testimony from two bed-ridden survivors of the Treblinka death camp. The 12-member court is trying II former SS officers on charges of murders in the camp in occupied Poland. The witnesses are Charles Unger of Seattle, Wash., and Charles Burk, of Atlanta.

The prosecutor in a third trial, that of 14 women charged with killing thousands of persons in the Nazi euthanasia program, today demanded sentences of from one to four years for eight of the defendants in the Munich hearing. He asked release of the six other defendants for lack of evidence.

Some 4,000,000 victims, mostly Jews, were killed in the Auschwitz camp, largest of the Nazi death factories. An estimated 300,000 victims were murdered at Treblinka.

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