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Nazi Who Killed 500 Jews Wins Probation After Getting Five-year Term

March 6, 1963
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Otto Hunsche, 51-year-old former SS captain, who was sentenced last July to a term of five years at hard labor on conviction of complicity in the wartime murder of 600 Hungarian Jews, was released today on probation. He was one of the late Adolf Eichmann’s aides in Hungary.

The Frankfurt provincial court issued a ruling to that effect for Hunsche, who also had been a leading official in the Nazi Reich Security Office, despite objections raised by the prosecution. He must now report to the police twice weekly.

Both the defense, which asked for dismissal of the indictment, and the prosecution which had demanded a life sentence, appealed the five-year term. The appeals are still pending.

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