Acquittal is Asked for Nazi Officer on Trial for Killing 40, 000 Jews

Defense attorneys for Martin Fellenz, a former lieutenant colonel in Hitler’s SS, on trial here for the wartime murder of 40, 000 Jews in the Cracow area in occupied Poland, today requested the court to acquit the man.

Fellenz has been on trial here on the mass murder charge since August 31. He had been found guilty during a previous trial, in 1962, for aiding two murders in the Cracow area in 1942, and received a four-year prison sentence. However, he was released by a court that ordered the deduction from his sentence of the period he had served prior to the trial. Last summer, he was rearrested on the mass murder accusation, and the Federal high court ordered the new trial, which is under way now.

In Luneburg, the state prosecution has requested the reopening of the trial of Rein-hold Tuchenhagen, charged with having participated in the murder of Nissam Goldberg, a 58-year-old Jewish businessman, in Krusch, Western Prussia, during the Second World War Tuchenhagen, 50, was brought to trial for the murder along with Ott Knurra, 70, last November, but the jury decided to discontinue the proceedings against both defendants.

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