Visnews filmed Feb 11 the opening of the trial of German pre-war judge Max Merten, 45, who was counsellor to General Krensky in Salonikax in World War Two.
SV Merten in front with Gendarmes.
SIDE V Merten seated talking to Gendarmes.
SV Press cameraman.
FRONT V Merten seated, police either side
SV Mrs. Merten wearing hat talking to woman.
SV Merten talking with lawyer.
GV Pan Courtroom
gv Court President entering court.
LV President taking seat.
SV President ringing bell.
CU Prosecutor speaking.
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Background: Visnews filmed Feb 11 the opening of the trial of German pre-war judge Max Merten, 45, who was counsellor to General Krensky in Salonikax in World War Two.
Merten, who was given the direction of a Justice Ministry department in the Adenauer Government, was arrested in Greece during a private trip last year. Gendarmes escorted him into court. He showed no sign of worry for a man accused of exterminating most of the Jewish population of Salonika. He chatted with defence counsels and lawyers and with German Count Walters.
His wife Elizabeth, trim in hat, arrived from Berlin to attend the trial. Hundreds of journalists and representatives of American-Jewish refugee and aid organisations packed the court.
According to the indictment, Merten is responsible for the death of 680 Greeks, Jews and Americans, the extortion from Jews of an estimated 1 1/2 gold sovereigns, and the murder of some 46000 Jews deported by him to Poland, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
The defendant visited Greece frequently since the end of the war in belief that no charge was held against him. However last May he was arrested and held in custody in Athens. It was rumoured at his arrest that he was visiting Greece to recuperate thousands of the gold sovereigns that he had been unable to take with him in the German Army's retreat.
Merten denied the accusations, according to his defence counsel. He claims that he was not a military man but a civil servant, that he only acted on orders.