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Nazi Chief Who Ordered Killing of Bialystok Jews is Acquitted

November 27, 1959
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Herbert Zimmerman, a prominent attorney who served as a Gestapo and Security Service chief in Bialystok, Poland, was acquitted yesterday on charges he had ordered the shooting of 100 Jewish prisoners Just before the city was liberated by the Soviet army 15 years ago.

The attorney had pleaded not guilty on grounds he had acted under orders. The state prosecutor contended that the victims would not have been killed if Zimmerman had not ordered the executions just before the Soviet army arrived.

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