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B’nai B’rith Appeals to Kosygin for Evidence in Babi Yar Trial

B’nai B’rith has appealed to the Soviet Union to provide documentary evidence and Soviet witnesses for the trial now underway in Darmstadt of 11 Nazis accused of participating in the 1941 Babi Yar massacre, the order reported today.

In a letter to Premier Kosygin earlier this month. Dr. William A. Wexler, B’nai B’rith president, deplored the failure of Soviet authorities to “respond affirmatively” to West German requests for such materials and eye-witness testimony. Babi Yar, a Kiev ravine, was the scene of the mass slaughter of 100,000 Russians, mostly Jews. Dr. Wexler said It was “difficult to reconcile” the Soviet Union’s silence on the Darmstadt trial with its “persistent challenges” to West Germany to punish Nazi war criminals.