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Auschwitz Trial Prosecution Appeals Light Sentences for 8 Nazis

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Appeals were filed by the prosecution today against light sentences given seven of the defendants in the 21-month-long trial of Auschwitz personnel, concluded here last week. A separate appeal was filed against the acquittal of one of the three accused Nazis found not guilty.

The eight appeals, all filed in the German Supreme Court, concerned the Auschwitz camp dentist, who was one of three defendants set free, and two deputy commandants of the death camp, one of whom was sentenced to four years, another to 14 years. The prosecution had requested life imprisonment — the maximum sentence possible under German law — for all eight. Only six of the 20 men on trial for 21 months had been given life terms.

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