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East Berlin Court Sentences Globke to Life Term in Absentia

July 25, 1963
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West German State Secretary Hans Globke declined to comment here today on the sentence of life imprisonment handed down yesterday by an East Berlin court, following his conviction in absentia on charges of having helped prepare measures for the mass killing of Jews. More than 70 witnesses were heard in the trial, including representatives of Nazi victims organizations from Poland, Israel and France.

A Christian Democrat Party spokesman said here today that the East German sentence was without legal significance and was the result of a “show trial” by a state based on injustice. Dr.Globke, 64, has announced his intentions of retiring from his Government post later this year.

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