A middle-aged Jewish woman today broke down and wept in a Belgian military court during her testimony against Philip Johann Schmitt, former commander of a Nazi concentration camp at Breendonck, Reuters reported.
Mrs. Stimea Osnos, who was captured by the Nazis during the war while she was serving as a member of the Belgian Resistance, testified that Schmitt personally conducted her “interrogation” in 1942 during which she was forced to stand 12 hours a day in an unlighted cell and was whipped and shocked by electricity as well as placed in a “sweat box” where steam jets were played on her body. Schmitt smiled throughout her testimony.
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