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Former Nazi Death Camp Guards Get Light Sentences for War Crimes

Two former guards at the World War II Mauthausen concentration camp received seven year prison sentences today for murdering camp inmates. The convicted men, Werner Sassel and Martin Roth, are both 60 years of age. The war crimes trial of two former SS men resumed in Munich today after being suspended to enable the court to visit Russia to hear eye-witness testimony against the accused. The defendants, Kurt Grimborn and Friederich Severeign, and a Dr. Heinrich Georg, are charged with the execution of Jews in Russia in 1941-42. Erich Wollschlager, 60, a former police official, will go on trial shortly on charges that he took part in police commando action in which Jews and non-Jews were murdered in Kieloe, Poland between 1942-44. Testimony will be taken from witnesses in the United States and Israel. A one-time aid of Adolf Eichmann went on trial in West Berlin today on charges of complicity in the murder of at least 35,000 Jews during World War II. The defendant, Richard Hartmann, 59, was attached to Eichmann’s Berlin office where he ordered the deportation of Jews from several countries occupied by the Germans. Fritz Gothard Gebauer, 63, went on trial in Saarbruecken, charged with murdering 22 concentration camp inmates in Lvov during the years 1941 to 1943. He is charged with beating some of his victims to death, shooting and hanging others, and causing the death of a Jewish child by dashing the child against a wall. Sixty-three witnesses, including Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal of Vienna will give testimony against Gebauer.

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