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Students Protest Ex-nazi Professor

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German students have been protesting against the reinstatement of a former SS leader, Hans Fleischhacker, as biology professor at the University of Frankfurt. Brought to trial four years ago on charges of having aided in the mass murder of 115 Jews, he was suspended from the university. In March 1971 he received a surprise acquittal. It was not denied, however, that he had gone to Auschwitz in June 1942 to select skulls of 160 Jewish inmates. Within five days he had chosen 79 Jewish men, 30 Jewish women and six non-Jews, all of whom were subsequently killed in the gas chambers. Their skulls were conserved. Fleischhacker began lecturing at the university April 20.

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