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German Court Sentences Two Nazis to Hard Labor for Murdering Jews

July 1, 1964
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An Aurich jury court sentenced two former SS officers to prison terms at hard labor for the wartime murders of Jews in occupied Lithuania.

Werner Soheu, a physician from Borkum Island, was sentenced to 10 years for aiding in the murder of 212 Jews in Neustadt, Lithuania, in 1941. Karl Struve was sentenced to nine years for similar crimes. The prosecution had demanded life sentences for both.

Long before the Third Reich was created, Borkum was a holiday site for Nazis and anti-Semites. A viciously anti-Semitic song was a favorite for vacationers at Borkum. When Scheu, who had practiced as a doctor on the island, was arrested, the residents demonstrated against the arrest. When they learned of the reason for the arrest, they expressed considerable sympathy for the former Nazi.

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