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German Court Officials to Take Testimony in U.S. from Nazivictims

Officials of the Dusseldorf court trying a group of 10 former personnel of the Treblinka wartime murder camp will travel again to the United States and Canada to take testimony from former inmates.

The court decided to hear witnesses in Montreal for a second time after defense attorneys for the former SS men charged that the witnesses met prior to giving testimony in Montreal the first time and “collaborated” on their evidence. The defendants are charged with participation in the slaughter of 700,000 Jews.

West Germany’s maximum penalty, a life prison sentence, was in the meantime requested by the prosecutor today in the trial in Freybourg of Robert Weissmann, who is charged with murdering Jews in the Polish district of Nowy Targ in the summer of 1942. A nine-year prison sentence was asked for a second accused, Richard Sehfisch, who is charged with complicity in the murder of at least 87 persons.

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