Nuremberg, Jan. 17 (JTA) – A former SS General, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, went on trial today before the Nuremberg Jury Court on charges of participation in mass executions of Jews near Mink in 1941-1942. He was also accused of complicity in the murders of the Roehm Putsch in 1934.
During the post-war Nuremberg trials, the 61-year-old Nazi general was a witness for the prosecution, a role which saved him from extradition to the Soviet Union. A court in Ansbach, Bavaria, sentenced him in 1951 to ten years in a labor camp. He served five.
West Berlin political police announced today the arrest of two former SS leaders charged with the slaying of at least 30, 000 Jews between July 1941 and April 1942. The two are Oswald Schaefer, 52, manager of a law department, and Wilhelm Wiebens, chief clerk of an electricity firm.
A Berlin court yesterday impounded property comprising most of the $42,000 estate of the late Dr. Georg Thierack, the last Nazi Minister of Justice. The exact value of the impounded property was $40, 600. The court found Thierack guilty of handing over Jews, Poles, Russians and gypsies to the SS "for extermination. " Thierack committed suicide in 1946.