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Former Ss Officer, Involved in Murder of 6000 Jews, Receives 12 Years Imprisonment

Former SS Officer Franz Josef Mueller has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after a retrial by a Kiel Jury Court for his part in the mass murder of more than 6000 Jews in the Polish ghetto city of Rochniz. Mueller had been sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment in 1968 but had successfully appealed to the German High Court in Karlsruhe and obtained a retrial. Some foreign observers viewed the reduced sentence as “a slap in the face for German Justice.”