BONN (Aug. 22)
Herbert Weyernd, a former SS officer charged with participation in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, has apparently skipped bail, and has disappeared on the eve of his trial, scheduled to have been held this week in Wuppertal, it was announced here today.
Weyernd has been free in $2,000 bail, awaiting trial. It was pointed out here in juridical circles that, under German court practice, the ordinary suspect in the murder of a single victim would be refused any bail whatever, and certainly would not have been freed in bail as low as 8,000 marks ($2,000). German police authorities who announced the man’s disappearance today said they were now instituting a search for the accused mass murderer.