BONN (Aug. 26)
A former SS guard, Otto Reidemann, 74, went on trial last week in West Berlin charged with the beating deaths of at least 20 prisoners, many of them Jews, at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria.
The trial is expected to last until the end of this year. More than 15 witnesses are scheduled to give testimony. Reidemann is denying that he murdered prisoners under his jurisdiction. However, in preliminary questioning he admitted being involved in arguments which led him to beat inmates.