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 - the lime lo do it. Commander of Nazi Prison...
the lime lo do it. Commander of Nazi Prison Camps to Hang By THOMAS A. REEDY Nuernberg, Germany, Nov. 5 — (fi>)— Lt. Gen. Oswald Pohl, Ihe swarthy SS officer who operated German concentration camps where millions died, was sentenced o da y to hang lor war crimes and crimes against humanitv. v***'** 1 -" "t," "« in at to fatigue," a he this Fourteen others were convicted and three were acquilted by the American tribunal, which ruled for the first time that a German operative could be cpnsidered innocent of war -crimes if it was not proved thai he knew the inlenl of lhe SS to be criminal. Pohl, 55 and black-eyed, accept ed his doom with a curt nod. In his days of power, he had accepted orders only from Heinrich Himm ler, the Gestapo chieftain, and Adolf Hitler. The court, headed by Judge Robert Robert M. Toms of Detroit, said thai in addilion lo Pohl, Ihese defend anls were guilly of murders, tortures, tortures, deportalions, enslavemenl of whole populations and plunder of property: Gen. August Frank and Gen. George Loerner, deputies to Pohl; Gen. Karl Fanslau; Colonels Hans _ioerncr, Erwin Tschentscher, Max {iefer, Franz Eironschmalz, Hans Henrich Baier, Karl Mummmithey ierman Pook, and Hans Bobermin; Maj. Karl Sommer; Capt. Leo oVlk; and Hans Hohbcrg, a civilian. Acquilted were Colonels Joseph Vogl, Rudolf Schcide and Horsl Klein. The tribunal ruled lhal eyi dence was inconclusive in Iheir cases. The verdict declared the convicted convicted men were "monsters of deprav Assailing the defendants as the most cold blooded of all killers, presiding Judge Roberl M. Toms of Delroit described Pohl as Ihe one man who held supreme power over Ihe concentration camps to the very end of Ihe Third Reich. The 3,000-word court opinion said lhal Pohl, as chief of Ihe business office of the SS, was guilly of chief responsibility for rounding up slave labor and plundering the possessions possessions of millions of victims, even life him representative to ambassador's up in — up and as down to their gold teclh, they were thrown into a torium. There were doubtless no before crema olher an agency these trage Wi- one person in Germany who knew as much about all the details of concentration camps as Pohl," the cojrt declared. "Pohl, who cannot escape lhe fact that he was ad ministralivo head of which brought about dies, stands before the tribunal as an admitted slave driver on a scale never before known." The conviction of Pohl came on three counts — war crimes, crimes againsl humanity and membership in a criminal organization, namely the SS. The court asserted thai Pohl and his aides buill the death camps, erected guard towers manned by troops who shot and killed on whimsey, supplied vicious dogs which ripped helpless people lo shreds and worked inmates until they were fit only for extermination. extermination. support

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  1. Hope Star,
  2. 05 Nov 1947, Wed,
  3. Page 20

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