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    DR. HORST FISCHER - A FORMER NAZI DOCTOR WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SENT THOUSANDS?

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    DR. HORST FISCHER - A FORMER NAZI DOCTOR WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SENT THOUSANDS OF JEWS TO THE AUSCHWITZ GAS CHAMBERS - WAS SENTENCED TO BE GUILLOTINED, AT A COURT HEARING IN EAST BERLIN TODAY (FRIDAY). DR. FISCHER IS APPEALING TO THE EAST GERMAN HEAD OF STATE, HERR WALTER ULBRICHT, FOR CLEMENCY.

    IF THE SENTENCE IS CARRIED OUT, DR. FISCHER WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON EXECUTED IN EAST GERMANY FOR FOUR YEARS.

    THE EAST GERMAN SUPREME COURT FOUND DR. FISCHER GUILTY OF SENDING 75,000 JEWS TO THEIR DEATHS AT MONOWITZ - ONE OF THE AUSCHWITZ CAMPS. HE ADMITTED THAT HE DECIDED WHO WENT TO THE GAS CHAMBERS AT "SELECTION" PARADES AS THE INMATES RAN PAST HIM. BUT, HE SAID HE HAD ONLY ABOUT ONE AND A HALF SECONDS TO DECIDE FOR EACH PERSON.

    DR. FISCHER, WHO IS 53, HAS EVADED ARREST FOR 20 YEARS. HE HAS BEEN RUNNING A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR FRANKFURT-ON-ODER. HIS PAST CAME OUT DURING A ROUTINE INVESTIGATION BY EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

    DURING THE TWO-HOUR SUMMING UP, DR. HEINRICH TOEPLITZ - THE SUPREME COURT PRESIDENT - SAID DR. FISCHER'S SELECTION OF VICTIMS, INCLUDING CHILDREN, WOMEN AND OLD MEN, ON THE CAMPS WHERE THEY ARRIVE BY TRAIN WAS ONE OF THE MOST GRUESOME FORMS OF MURDER. HE HAD ACTED FOR PERSONAL ADVANTAGE, BELIEVING THE NAZIS' "FINAL SOLUTION" TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM WOULD REMOVE JEWISH DOCTORS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN HIS COMPETITORS IN HIS FUTURE CAREER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7CE2FGOTHFOR33XXZV5HI3M9T
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CE2FGOTHFOR33XXZV5HI3M9T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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