Trials for Dachau Officers
40 Defiant Germans Face U.S. Military Court Today Nuernberg, Germany (/p) — The international military tribunal tribunal granted today a defense motion for a postponement of the war crimes trial of "dying" "dying" Gustav Krupp von Bohlen Bohlen und Halbach until "his physical and mental condition permits it." BY DON DOANE Dachau, Germany (JP) —Forty Germans charged with torturing and killing prlsonerst' in the notorious notorious DachaU concentration camp defiantly faced a United States military court today in a trial which may cost them their heads. An example of rigid military bearing was set for the defendants by Martin Weiss, handsome black- haired SS officer who once commanded commanded the horror camp where it is estimated the bodies of 200,000 persons were consumed in crematories. crematories. When Miu eight-officer court called upon Weiss to identify himself, the German snapped to attention and spit out his name, age and other particulars particulars in a sharp voice. He stared antagonistically at the judges and held his head high. With few exceptions, the others imitated his demeanor. Each de- dendant was given a large card bearing a number which win serve as identification throughout the trial. Lieutenant Colonel Douglas T. Bates of Centerville, Tenn., heads defense counsel. Prosecution witnesses include former inmates of Dachau brought back from seven countries to testify. testify. The prosecution is headed by Lieutenant Colonel William Denson Denson of New York, assisted by Captain Captain John A. May of Houston, Tex.; Major Maurice J. McKeown of Maplewood, N. J., and Captain Dalwin J. Niles, of Schenectady, N. Y.