PARIS (Feb. 15)
Three former Nazis accused of having participated in the murder of some 5000 Russian Jews, were handed stiff prison sentences by on East German court. Two of them, Arno Schumann and Kurt Meltzer, were sentenced to life imprisonment and the third, Rudolf Mikish; to 14 years hard labor. The three were arrested last November and were sentenced after a two week trial which took place a few months ago in the city of Halle.
The trial was made known by East German sources in Western Europe in an attempt to show that East Germany is active in the search and punishment of former Nazis= The three had been members of a special German commando unit and had participated in killings in Belorussia and the Ukraine during the German occupation of those areas.