Killings Admitted in West German Court;
More Nazis Face Trial; Reds Sentence 8
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the key defendant who had been earlier than nearly 30 years
COBLENZ — Two more de- CID chief in the Rhineland after Sohnitz killed himself.
fendants in the trial of 14 for- Palatinate, told the court he
LONDON, (JTA) — Eight
mer S'S officers and men on had been at least "partly guilty"
charges of murdering 70,000 in the killings. Frank Stark, Lithuanians have been sentenced
persons in Nazi occupied White born in St. Louis, but raised in to death in a joint trial at
Russia in 1941 admitted Wed- Germany, who was charged with Kovno, in the Soviet Union, for
nesday they had participated murder in 4,652 cases, admitted the mass murder of more than
to active participation in mass 10,000 Jews there during the
in the mass killings.
Johannes Feder, a former SS executions of Jews on two oc- Nazi occupation in 1941, ac-
officer and a Criminal Investi- casions. He said that as "a con- cording to Moscow dispatches
gation Dept. inspector in Co- vinced Nazi" he never gave received here.
The leader of the group,
logne after the war, said he had the orders or their execution
Matthew Mitsius, confessed dur-
"merely supervised" the trans- "a second thought."
On Monday, R. Schlegel, one ing the nine-day trial before a
portation of Jewish men, wom-
en and children from the Minsk of the few defendants who did high court that •he personally
not find a postwar haven in the had killed 300 Jews.
Witnesses at the trial testi-
He testified he had seen the West German police force,
gassing of Jews in . specially- cited a large execution where fied that, among the slain, were
built vans and how subsequent- victims were forced to lie down Jews who had been brought by
ly the bodies were thrown into for execution and said, "I was the Nazis to Kovno from Czech-
a ditch for disposal. The -indict- stationed at the ditch and I oslovakia and Austria. Mitsuis,
ment against the 14 ex-Nazis also shot." The indictment showing no regret over his
charges that they killed more charged Schlegel with the mur- deeds, told the court he was
only sorry he had not succeeded
der of 5,280 persons.
than 30,000 Jews.
in escaping abroad and de-
A. Merbach, 50, charged
scribed how Jews were herded
with murdering 24,000 per-
BONN, (JTA)—Plans for a from the Kovno ghetto into
Sons, admitted guilt in the
new trial of former Nazis in Flirt Seven, a German army
murder of some 5,000 Jews
mass murders of Jews during encampment on the outskirts of
whose execution he said he
the war were disclosed this the city, and ordered to lie in
had to witness. He said that
week in Freiburg. At the same open graves. There, the Jews
in the spring of 1942 he had
time, the prosecutor of a were shot down, he said.
taken part in the execution of
former concentration camp
The executions lasted 24
1,000 Jews and that on anoth-
commander filed an appeal hours, he stated, saying "we
er occasion when 10,000 per-
against a Hamburg jury's shot some, rested a while, took
sons "had to be killed" with-
verdict of acquittal.
a drink, then continued our
in three days" he was in
Freiburg officials said nine work." All of the eight men
charge of their transporta- former Gestapo members were
had been members of
tion. He testified that after under arrest in preparation for a convicted
special Lithuanian battalion
each shooting the riflemen a trial of a number of such organized by the Germans for
were supplied with alcoholic former Nazis on charges of mass the purpose of killing Jews.
slaughter of Jews in Nazi-
Previously, George Heuser, occupied Poland. They said
many witnesses in West Ger- Haifa Stevedores
many and abroad were being Strike; Israel Seeks
MORTGAGES questioned for the forthcoming to Free Port Tieup
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ARE NOW BEING TAKEN
former commandant who was widened their slowdown into a
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acquitted-of the charge he had full strike Tuesday and the
driven to suicide Dr. Fritz Sol- Israel government prepared for
mitz, a Jewish Socialist poli- emergency action to end the
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tician and Lubeck newspaper crippling port tieup.
editor, in 1933. A number of
The dockworkers began their
Hamburg political and trade action on Oct. 14 in protest
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that the proceedings against excessive prices for meals. As
Dusenschoen were not initiated citrus and other export ship-
ments piled on the docks, the
stevedores rejected all demands
by the Histadrut that they end
their slowdown while their
grievance was negotiated.
The workers quit a few hours
after Kol Israel Radio announced
the end of the slowdown, an an-.
nouncement based on reported
readiness of the dockworkers to
accept some face-saving compro-
mises proposed by the Haifa
The compromises included an
agreement that the workers
would pay a flat rate of half an
Israeli pound (17 cents) for a
The understanding collapsed
when the Histadrut said it would
consider the compromises only
after the dockworkers returned
to normal work schedules. The
men then walked off the docks,
stopping all loading and unload-
Israel Bar Yehuda, the Com-
munications Minister, met Tues-
day morning with Prime Min-
ister Ben-Gurion to discuss the
impasse amid reports that an
emergency government meeting
would be called this weekend to
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Baltimore's largest, announced
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MONTREAL, (JTA) — The
Canadian Jewish Congress has
been invited to appoint an
official Jewish pastoral adviser
to cooperate with the chaplain
of University College at Water-
loo Lutheran University, Water-
loo, Ontario, to serve the needs
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