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Former Nazi Goes on Trial

December 14, 1971
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The trial of a Lithuanian charged with having personally murdered 1150 Jews during a three-month period in 1941, opened several days ago before a Frankfurt court. John Stasaitis, 49, was charged with shooting Jewish inmates of a slave labor camp at Tauroggen in Lithuania while he served as a guard there. The prosecution revealed at the opening of the trial that Stasaitis had acted on his own initiative and that the SS commanders of the camp deplored his action which presumably deprived them of the forced labor on which they had counted. Among the 25 witnesses, five are from the US.

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