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Vilna Survivors Demand Re-trial of Acquitted Nazi Head of Ghetto

August 16, 1968
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Representatives of the surviving Jews of Vilna attending a world meeting of Vilna Jews here, have demanded the re-trial of Franz Murer, the Nazi wartime Gauleiter of the Vilna ghetto whose first trial in Austria in 1963 ended with an acquittal. Murer was tried in Graz on charges that he murdered 17 Jews but is considered to have been responsible for the destruction of all the Jews of Vilna. The meeting here brought together some 3,000 Vilna Jews from all parts of the free world to discuss matters of mutual interest. Vilna, once a center of Jewish learning, now has only a tiny remnant of its former Jewish community, who were barred from meeting here.

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