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    A SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE CHANCELLERY OF FORMER WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR, DR. KONRAD ADENAUER, WENT?

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    A SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE CHANCELLERY OF FORMER WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR, DR. KONRAD ADENAUER, WENT ON TRIAL TODAY CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE. HE IS ERICH HELBIG, AGED 53, WHO WAS ACCUSED WITH SPYING FOR AN UNNAMED EASTERN POWER.

    IN OPENING THE CASE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COURT SAID THAT HELBIG HAD JOINED THE NAZI PARTY IN 1930, AND LATER WORKED IN THE NAZI PROPAGANDA MINISTRY, HEADED BY DR. JOSEF GOEBBELS. HELBIG, WHO DENIED THE SPY CHARGE, SAID HE HAD NEVER BEEN AN ACTIVE NAZI PARTY MEMBER AND HAD WORKED IN THE PROPAGANDA MINISTRY BECAUSE HIS HOBBY WAS GERMAN LITERATURE.

    HELBIG ADDED THAT HE HAD BEEN ASKED TO WORK IN THE CHANCELLERY BY DR. ADENAUER'S RIGHT-HAND MAN, DR. GLOBKE, WHOM HE HAD KNOWN BOTH BEFORE AND DURING THE WAR.

    DR. GLOBKE, WHO HAS BEEN CITED AS A WITNESS AT THE TRIAL, WORKED IN THE GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTRY DURING THE NAZI ERA AND WROTE A LEGAL COMMENTARY ON THE NAZI RACIAL LAWS, BUT DENIED TAKING PART IN ANY NAZI CRIMES. THE FEDERAL PROSECUTOR, DR. KLAUS FISCHER, SAID THAT DR. GLOBKE HAS BEEN IN PORTUGAL TAKING A CURE, AND WILL NOT RETURN FOR THE TRIAL.

    HELBIG, WHO HELD SEVERAL IMPORTANT POSTS DEALING WITH THE WEST GERMAN ECONOMY AND AGRICULTURE, IS SAID TO HAVE HAD ACCESS TO SECRET MATERIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4M8W8C57XCZFNIFECHXIZB7J
    Media URN:
    VLVA4M8W8C57XCZFNIFECHXIZB7J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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