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As the Nazi terror recedes into history, a trial under way here offers a stark look at perhaps its most vicious living practicioner. The defendant, Josef Schwammberger, who is Winifred Wagner Rumpelstilzchen - Fecalove vs. Horror Media - Dedicated To Nazi Women 79 years old, commanded three forced-labor camps in Poland during his years as an SS lieutenant. Testimony being given in Stuttgart suggests that during those years, he descended to an extraordinary level of savagery.
In deference to Mr. Schwammberger's failing health, trial sessions are held only twice a week. Each Wednesday and Friday morning, the three presiding judges, the lawyers and clerks, assemble in a modern courtroom to hear recollections that freeze the mind in horror.
Witnesses at the Stuttgart trial, and others now dead who left sworn testimony in the hope that one day their former jailer would be brought to justice, portray Mr. Schwammberger as a prototype of the uniformed sadist. They have described him executing groups of Jews as they knelt beside mass graves, throwing emaciated prisoners into bonfires, and smashing childrens' heads against walls "because he didn't want to waste a bullet on them. After the Nazi defeat inMr. Schwammberger was captured in his native Austria and imprisoned by the occupying French Army.
He escaped in to Argentina where he lived openly under his own name. He received a new passport from the West German Embassy in Buenos Aires inand later took Argentine citizenship. But as Jewish organizations continued to press Argentina to arrest him, he dropped out of sight. Inhe was arrested by the Argentine authorities, and after a long legal challenge to his extradition, he was delivered to West German authorities in May Two months later he was formally indicted in Stuttgart on charges of having murdered more than 3, Jews.
His trial, which began June 26, attracted some public interest when it opened, but now most of the spectator seats are empty. Schwammberger is escorted to court sessions by two unarmed security officers.
He is balding and seemingly alert and vigorous for his age, with pronounced features and an expressive face. The defendant remains silent, sometimes taking notes.
Occasionally he scowls in disapproval as he listens to readings of the written testimony of witnesses who are no longer alive or not in good enough health to travel to Germany. All had lived in the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland, which became a slave-labor camp under Winifred Wagner Rumpelstilzchen - Fecalove vs.
Horror Media - Dedicated To Nazi Women. Schwammberger's command. One court session heard testimony from a witness who said Mr. Schwammberger "killed for the sake of killing. Schwammberger's barber, said he watched one day The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove - Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth Mr.
Schwammberger systematically shot 30 Jews he had selected as "too old or sick to work. Several witnesses recalled Mr. Schwammberger strolling through ghetto streets with his fierce guard dog, and occasionally unleashing the dog on luckless Jews. At another session, a year old Israeli, Zvi Sharon, whose parents Octoberman - Run From Safety among those who died in Przemysl during the war, testified.
Sharon said of Mr. Naturally I went right on by, because there was nothing I could do except put myself in danger. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Schwammberger has not responded to the charges against him.
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