FRANKFURT (Sep. 13)
Summary statements by the prosecution and the defense in the second trial of former personnel of the Auschwitz murder camp were completed here today. The court announced a verdict would be handed down Friday.
The defendants are Wilhelm Burger, 61, Joseph Erber, 68, and Gerhard Neubert, 56. The prosecution has asked life imprisonment for Erber and 12-year sentences each for the other two defendants. The trial began last December.
The Karlsruhe high court reaffirmed today a ruling that the chairman of the Indemnity Senate could be a former member of the Nazi Party.
The court had ruled originally in the case that the chairman could remain in the post though he had been a member of the SS in 1933. The ruling was challenged by a survivor of Nazi persecution. The Karlsruhe court rejected the challenge in affirming its first decision.