West Germany: The Painful Purgative

Hearing the testimony, one judge had a heart seizure. Women jurors, spectators and journalists burst into tears. Day after day the mountain of grisly evidence grew higher as survivors of Hitler's death factory at Auschwitz confronted 22 of their tormentors on trial in Frankfurt's Town Hall.

Some guards could not sleep well at night unless they had beaten someone to death during the day, recalled Dr. Otto Wolken, 60, an Austrian physician at Auschwitz. Calmly pointing out one defendant, Stephan Baretzki, Wolken explained how the guard organized "rabbit hunts." A prisoner would kneel down before Baretzki. At the order "Go,...

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