FRANKFURT (Jan. 5)
The court trying former SS medical assistant Gerhard Neubert in the second Auschwitz death camp trial here ordered today the jailing of the former Nazi, who has been free pending the outcome of the trial.
Neubert is on trial with Wilhelm Burger, 61 and Joseph Erber, 68, on charges stemming from their activities as personnel at the huge murder camp where an estimated 3, 000, 000 to 4, 000, 000 persons, most of them Jews, were put to death during the war.
The court ordered the jailing of Neubert, 56, a former West German air force civilian employe, on a petition from Frederich Kaul, an East Berlin attorney who is representing former Auschwitz inmates now living in East Germany. Neubert is charged with complicity in mass murder by picking victims for the Auschwitz gas chambers.
Mr. Kaul said he should be taken into investigatory custody because testimony by a former camp inmate, Norbert Wolheim, 52, now living in Fresh Meadows, N. Y., had proved that Neubert had taken part in such selections in Auschwitz. In granting the petition, the court held that the testimony had cast “strong suspicions” on Neubert as having participated in the selections.
Last August, another Frankfurt court sentenced 17 other former Auschwitz personnel to prison after a 30-month trial.