Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Police Official in Germany Charged with Murdering Jews in Russia

May 10, 1960
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

A Lower Saxony State police official here, Bodo Struck, was arrested today on a charge of having participated in the murder of Russian Jews during the Nazi push into Russia in 1941 and 1942.

The 52-year-old criminal police official is accused of having been an officer in the Hitler SS, assigned to a special extermination squad which slaughtered large numbers of Jews in Russia. His crimes, according to the indictment, were committed over a 10-month period between October 1941, and the summer of 1942.

Meanwhile, plans were underway today for a new trial for two former members of the Tilsit Einsatz-Commando unit who were among the ten former members of the Gestapo and Security Service units sentenced to prison terms in August 1958, for the mass executions of Jews near Tilsit during World War II.

The Federal Supreme Court, after reviewing the findings and sentence of the Ulm Jury Court, ruled that not all of the murders for which Werner Schmidt-Hammer and Brankas Lukys were convicted had been proved conclusively by the Ulm court prosecution.

Recommended from JTA