The trial opened in Warsaw October 20 of Erich Koch, a former Nazi Gauleiter in Poland and the Ukraine in World War Two.
C.V. KOCH IS ASSISTED INTO COURT ROOM BY POLICE OFFICERS.
S.V. KOCH IS PLACED IN CHAIR IN WITNESS BOX.
L.V. JUDGES TAKE THEIR SEATS.
L.V. KOCH BETWEEN TWO GUARDS.
C.V. COURT ROOM.
S.V. OFFICIAL SPEAKING.
L.V. JUDGE SPEAKING.
S.V. JUDGE SPEAKING.
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Background: The trial opened in Warsaw October 20 of Erich Koch, a former Nazi Gauleiter in Poland and the Ukraine in World War Two.
Aged and sick, Koch was half carried by two warders into the court. He drooped into a chair. The court accepted medical opinion that he was suffering from heart and stomach trouble, could only face five hours of court sessions daily.
He looked shrunken. Several items he roused himself, then slumped back in silence while counsel argued over the charges contained in a 63-page indictment, backed by 20 legal copybooks of sworn evidence from the survivors of the 45 concentration and labour camps over which he had charge.
Koch held membership card number 90 in Hitler's National socialist Party. The charges related to Koch's alleged part in the extermination of 72,000 Poles. Also attributed to him were the deaths of 4 million Ukrainians.
The charge alleged be carried out Hitler's plan to exterminate all Poles who were not immediately useful as labourers for the Third Reich. The plan was enforced by concentration camps, slave labour camps, "resettlement depots," and mass executions.
Court sources were reported as saying that after the Warsaw trial, Koch would probably handed over to a Russian court.