• Short Summary

    A PARTY OF 23 WEST GERMAN JUDGES, PROSECUTORS AND LAWYERS, PLUS A MAN ACCUSED OF PARTICIPATING IN THE MASS MURDER OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE - MOST OF THEM JEWS - YESTERDAY (MONDAY) VISITED THE RUINS OF AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP IN POLAND.

  • Description

    A PARTY OF 23 WEST GERMAN JUDGES, PROSECUTORS AND LAWYERS, PLUS A MAN ACCUSED OF PARTICIPATING IN THE MASS MURDER OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE - MOST OF THEM JEWS - YESTERDAY (MONDAY) VISITED THE RUINS OF AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP IN POLAND. THE VISIT WAS PART OF THE HEARING OF CHARGES OF COMPLICITY IN MASS MURDER, AGAINST 19 FORMER MEMBERS OF THE AUSCHWITZ CAMP STAFF, BEING CONDUCTED IN FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY.

    THE DELEGATION ARRIVED IN CRACOW DURING THE WEEKEND, AND YESTERDAY THEY DROVE TO THE CAMP ESCORTED BY A STRONG GUARD OF POLISH POLICE. THEY ARRIVED AT THE ENTRANCE WHICH STILL BEARS THE IRONIC SLOGAN: "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" (WORK MAKES YOU FREE), AND WENT TO THE FORMER SS CANTEEN FOR A PRELIMINARY MEETING BEFORE TOURING THE CAMP, PRESERVED AS A SHRINE TO THE MURDERED MILLIONS BY THE POLISH GOVERNMENT. DURING THE TOUR, THE DELEGATION - WHICH INCLUDES DR. FRANZ LUCAS, FORMER CAMP DOCTOR - THE ONLY ONE OF THE 19 MEN ON TRIAL WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO BACK TO THE CAMP - STOPPED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE THOUSANDS OF PRISONERS WHO WERE SHOT AGAINST THE 'BLACK WALL'.

    THE DELEGATION WILL SPEND FOUR DAYS AT THE CAMP, BEFORE RETURNING TO FRANKFURT AT THE END OF THE WEEK. THE NEXT REGULAR COURT SITTING WILL BE HELD ON 21ST DECEMBER. BY THEN THE TRIAL WILL BE A YEAR AND A DAY OLD, AND STILL WITH NO END IN SIGHT.

    THE VISIT IS NECESSARY SO THAT THE COURT CAN GET A FIRST HAND PICTURE OF THE CAMP LAY-OUT AND POSITION OF THE VARIOUS BUILDINGS. SOME OF THE EVIDENCE OF THE 250 PROSECUTION WITNESSES CALLED SO FAR HAS BEEN CHALLENGED BY DEFENCE COUNSEL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9K5XV9K4O0MRX8C04H8GX1KR0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9K5XV9K4O0MRX8C04H8GX1KR0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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