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Germans Burned Documents on Poisoning of Jews in Nazi Camps

May 26, 1955
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Documents dealing with the shipment of “Zyklon B” poison gas to Auschwitz and other destinations were deliberately burnt by a German engineer at the time of the Nazi collapse, a bookkeeper testified before a local court here which is trying Dr. Gerhard Peters for having collaborated in the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

The witness, Alfred Zaun, was head bookkeeper of “Tesch and Stabinow,” Hamburg chemical distributors for the firm headed by Peters, the “German Corporation for Vermin Extermination.” The owner of “Tesch and Stabinow,” Dr. Bruno Tesch, and his manager Weinbacher were sentenced to death by a British Military Court in 1947 and hanged in Hamlin prison. Dr. Peters, for his part, has faced German courts seven times in seven years and is still at liberty as an executive of a chemical plant at Weaseling near Cologne.

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