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Nazi Chief Who Planned Mass-killing of Jews in Minsk Discovered

April 18, 1963
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A one-time Nazi said to have been George Heuser’s superior at Minsk during the Nazi occupation of that city will testify at the trial of Heuser and 11 other former Nazis in the wartime slaughter of some 35, 000 Jews in that Byelorussian city, it was announced here today.

He is Dr. Johann Kunz, deputy police chief at Graz, Austria, who had been sought for some time without success because of a mixup with a namesake, Dr. Ewald Kunz, a former Gestapo member who meanwhile died in Bonn, Heuser has testified at the lengthy trial here that Dr. Kunz drew up a plan for the mass annihilation of Jews in Minsk.

The completion of the trial, which started last November, was expected to be further delayed by plans of Egon Geis, Heuser’s defense attorney, to fly to Minsk Friday to interrogate more witnesses.

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