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    FORMER S.S. GENERAL KARL WOLFF, ONETIME TOP AIDE OF S.S. AND GESTAPO CHIEF HEINRICH HIMMLER,?

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    FORMER S.S. GENERAL KARL WOLFF, ONETIME TOP AIDE OF S.S. AND GESTAPO CHIEF HEINRICH HIMMLER, WENT ON TRIAL IN MUNICH TODAY (MONDAY) CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN THE MURDER OF 300 THOUSAND JEWS DURING WORLD WAR TWO.

    WOLFF, AGED 64, WHO AFTER A BREACH WITH HIMMLER HELPED TO NEGOTIATE THE EARLY CAPITULATION OF GERMAN FORCES IN ITALY, WAS ARRESTED IN 1962 AFTER WRITING A MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT HIMMLER.

    THE CHARGES AGAINST THE FORMER GENERAL INVOLVE COMPLICITY IN THE MURDER OF "TENS OF THOUSANDS" OF JEWS BY MAKING RAIL TRANSPORT AVAILABLE TO TAKE JEWS TO EXTERMINATION CAMPS IN POLAND. THEY ALSO ALLEGED THAT HE TOOK PART IN THE SHOOTING OF 100 JEWS IN THE RUSSIAN CITY OF MINSK IN THE SUMMER OF 1941.

    UNTIL HIS ARREST, WOLFF, KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST "CULTURED" OF THE NAZI ELITE, HAD LIVED UNDER HIS OWN NAME NEAR MUNICH AS A PROSPEROUS ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE.

    WOLFF, WHO DURING MOST OF THE WAR WAS HIMMLER'S LIAISON OFFICER WITH HITLER'S HEADQUARTERS, WAS APPOINTED SUPREME S.S. AND POLICE CHIEF IN ITALY IN SEPTEMBER 1943. TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE END OF THE WAR IN EUROPE, HE WAS APPOINTED PLENIPOTENTIARY GENERAL OF THE GERMAN FORCES IN ITALY.

    WHILE STATIONED IN ITALY, WOLFF TOOK PART IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE EARLY CAPITULATION OF AXIS FORCES IN ITALY - NEGOTIATIONS WHICH FIELD MARSHAL ALEXANDER STATES, AT THE TIME, SAVED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF ALLIED AND GERMAN SOLDIERS AND ITALIAN CIVILIANS.

    IN 1949, HE WAS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS GAOL BY A DENAZIFICATION COURT, BUT IMMEDIATELY RELEASED BECAUSE OF THE FOUR YEARS HE SPENT IN PRISON BETWEEN 1945 AND 1949.

    IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE JUDGES AS TO WHETHER HE WAS GUILTY OF THE CHARGES, WOLFF, IN A FIRM VOICE, REPLIED "NO". HE SAID: "THE CRIMES FOR WHICH I HAVE BEEN KEPT FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS WERE COMMITTED WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFSKIIWQGZN9YLUYMOZJPFKBO
    Media URN:
    VLVAFSKIIWQGZN9YLUYMOZJPFKBO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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