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Trial of Nazi General Starts in Germany; Deported 94, 398 Dutch Jews

January 24, 1967
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Former SS General Wilhelm Marster, the Nazi officer who was in charge of deporting to concentration camps 94, 398 Jews from Holland, including Anne Frank, went on trial here today on charges of mass murder. He was commander of the Nazi security police in occupied Holland. Of the total of Jews he ordered deported between 1942 and 1944, only 1, 070 survived. Anne Frank, author of the famous diary bearing her name, died at Bergen-Belsen. Most of the others were put to death at Auschwitz and Sobibor.

On trial with Gen, Marster are his former secretary and head of the women’s branch of the Nazi security police in the Netherlands, Gertrud Slottke; and former SS Major Wilhelm Zoeps. The three are accused in 23 indictments of directing and supervising the deportation of the Dutch Jews to their deaths.

Alongside the official prosecution in the court room is an attorney representing Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank. The court granted Mr. Frank last week the status of “civilian plaintiff.” He is represented by Robert Kempner, an American who was a prosecutor at the Allied War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremberg.

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