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Ex-gestapo Officer to Go on Trial for Mass Murder of Jews in Tarnopol

August 5, 1964
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The Graz district court announced today it would try soon Friedrich Lax, a former Gestapo officer, on charges of taking part in the mass murders of thousands of Jews and other victims in the Nazi-held Tarnopol district of Poland.

Mr. Lax was discovered by H. Salzmann, a Jewish banker and former native of Graz, who recognized Lax as the former Gestapo deputy chief in Tarnopol and reported him to the authorities. Lax disappeared after the war but settled a few years ago in Graz, living openly under his own name.

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