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February 03, 1961 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-02-03

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Servatius Allowed to Talk Privately with Eichmann;
Objects to Bonn's Refusal to Help Finance Trial

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to • The Jewish News)

pressed the hope that the Eich-
mann trial w o u l d not last
longer than two months. He also
said he hoped that only a part
of the 5 , 0 0 0 pages of •Eich-
mann's confessions, made in
reply to police interrogations,
would be read into the court
record • and thus shorten the
Dr. Servatius revealed that
the . Eichmann family received
a b out $5,000 for Eichmann's
memoirs published in Life and
that the family gave him $4,000
of that sum as part of his de-
fense fee.
F o r e i g n correspondents
were taken on a tour for the
first time of the area and the
court building in the center
of Jerusalem where the trial
will be held. The building is
surrounded by ,a thick wire
fence. The single entrance to
the building will be guarded
by police sitting in a bunker-
like enclosure behind a thick
concrete wall.
* * *
sian S tat e Attorney General
Fritz B au e r announced that
testimony to be given in Israel
by Adolf Eichmann may affect
war crimes charges made here

TEL AVIV—Dr. Robert Serva-
tius, the Cologne attorney who
will be defense counsel in the
forthcoming trial of former
gestapo colonel Adolf Eich-
mann, returned Tuesday night
from West Germany and • an-
nounced he would remain in
Israel. He said his headquar-
ters are now in Jerusalern.
He brought with him. an aide,
Ditter .Wachtenbruk, and a sec- -
retary, and said he might make
one or two more trips to Europe
in connection with the trial,
which will begin March 15.
Servatius will be permitted to
talk privately with the accused
Gestapo officer. Minister of
Justice Pin-has Rosen said that
reports that Dr. Servatius would
not be allowed to talk privately
with his client were "based on
a misunderstanding."
A movable wall of bullet
proof glass has been prepared
for the prison ,where .Eichmann
is being held, to make possible
the private meeting which
Servatius has demanded with his
Nazi client.
The glass wall will be taken
into Eichmann's cell to divide
it into two sections for meetings
between the Cologne attorney
and the Gestapo. Colonel. The
two men will be able to see each
other but will not be able to
transmit any objects, such as
documents, to each other. C.on-
versation will be through micro-
phones and earphones on both
sides of the glass wall.
Under the arrangements, no
guards will be present at the
meetings but Eichmann's move-
ments will be under observation
from another room. If the at-
torney wants to give any docu-
ments to Eiclimann he will have
to call a guard from . outside to
hand them through the glass
Both Dr. Rosen and Minister
of Police Behor Shitreet re-
ported to the Israeli • Cabinet
about details concerning the
trial of Eichmann, scheduled to
open here March 15. The gov-
ernment expects that the - trial
will be observed by about 350
representatives of the world's
press, r adio, television and
other news media; 100 observer's
from foreign diplomatic mis-
sions; as well as by jurists and
attorneys representing various
(In Cologne, Dr. Servatius
announced he would file a
- legal complaint against the
Bonn government for refus-
ing his request to pay ex-
penses and fees for his de-
fense of Eichmann.)•
A side issue touching on the
Eichrnann case was decided by
Israel's Supreme Court, which
rejected a petition by Israeli
television and newsreel -photog-
raphers who complained that
they would be discriminated
against in their efforts to cover
the trial. They objected - to a
contract made b e t w e en the
Government Press _ Office__ and
the Capital Cities Corporation,
an American - firm, which has
been given exclusive rights to
film the Eichmann trial. The
domestic organizations com-
plained that agreement consti-
tuted "discrimination, inequity
and favoritism."
The court ruled that the con-
tract between the Government
Press Office and the American
firm was valid.. However, the
Supreme Court pointed out, the
contract is not binding upon
the court in which Eichmann
will be tried. That bench, the
Supreme Court ruled, will have
the power to determine its own
Dr. Servatius said that if
Eichmann is convicted and
sentenced to death, the ver-
dict would be appealed im-
The Cologne attorney ex-

against Dr. Hans Globke, right-
hand man to Chancellor Konrad
Dr. Bauer tied the Globke
case to Eichmann as he opened
a formal criminal investigation
i n t o the accusations b e i n g
leveled against the Adenauer
aide. Dr. Globke; who is State
Secretary and the man who
runs Chancellor Adenauer's of-
fice, is being accused of having
aided Eichmann in 1943 in the
deportation of 10,000 Jews from
Salonika, Greece, to Nazi ex-
termination camps.
Another witness being called
in his probe in the Globke case,
Dr. Bauer said, is Prof. Karl
Burkhardt, a 'Swiss citizen. As
representative for the Interna-
tional Red Cross, Dr. Burkhardt
negotiated with the Nazi regime
for the transfer of the 10,000
Salonika Je w s to Palestine.
Those negotiations were unsuc-
cessful and the Jews were de-
ported to death' camps instead.
A third witness sought. by Dr.
Bauer is a former officer in the
SS, the Hitler Elite Guard • in
which- Eichmann was a colonel.
That officer, according to the
Attorney General, was in charge
of the deportation of Jews from

northern Greece. Refusing to
reveal the man's name, "for
t a c tic al reasons," Dr. Bauer
said the man had been last
known to be living in Syria but
had disappeared after the ar-
rest of Eichmann last summer.
The Globke case took still an-
other turn when the German
District Court at Wiesbaden re-
jected an application from the
State Secretary for the confisca-
tion of the latest issue of the
influential w e e k l y magazine,
Welt Bild. The magazine
printed an article charging that
Dr. Globke had not only written-
the official, Nazi legal commen-
tary on the Nuremberg anti-
Semitic laws p a s s e d by the
Reichstag in 1 9 3 5 , but had
helped draft those laws.
* * *

Pass Special Laws
for Eichmann Trial

endment to the Israel court pro-
ceedings law, providing special
arrangements for the trial of
Nazi Adolf Eichmann, passed its
third and final reading in the
Knesset, Israel's Parliament, by
a vote of 39 to 16, and became
law. The trial opens March 15.
A clause was added reviving
the special British Mandatory law
providing for implementation of
death s ent en c es by hanging.
Capital punishment was abolished
when Israel was proclaimed, ex-
cept for wartime treason and ,Nazi
crimes. However, there has been
no death sentence. passed since
the Jewish State was created and
there was no provision in Israeli
law for implementation of such
a sentence.

Turkish-Israel Sports Pact
ISTANBUL — Sports contacts
Eichmann's Aide Arrested between
Turkey and Israel, which

BONN—Harry Wentritt, an en-
gineer who invented the infamous
"gas van" for quick and "effi-
cient" killing of Jews, as part of
Adolf Eichmann's extermination
program, was arrested, as were
three of his assistants, after hav-
ing been traced through Nazi doc-
uments recently examined in
Washington by Dr. Erwin Schuele,
a representative of the West Ger-
man government.

were suspended under the regime
of Adnan Menderes, have been
resumed, and authorities here are
now allowing Turkish teams to
go to Israel and Israeli sports
groups to visit this country, the
firsz, contest being a meet between
Israel's Hapoel basketball team
and the Galatasaray basketball

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