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Austrian Court Grants New Trial to Nazi Sentenced for Genocide

A new trial was granted here by the Austrian Supreme Court this weekend to Franz Novak, a former Nazi SS captain, who had previously been found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. The court found that the verdict against the man was “incomplete and contradictory, “but ordered him held in custody until another trial is conducted.

Novak, known as “the ferryman of death, “was convicted in 1964 on charges that, during World War II, he had arranged for the transport of thousands of Jews to Nazi concentration camps. The indictment accused him of packing the victims into cattle cars, where many of them died en route to the camps.