1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

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1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by LAstryAGAIN » 21 Mar 2023 21:01

28 years after World War II there was a War Crimes trial against 4 members of German 57th Police Battalion---a surviors of a massacre of Jews and Partisians in Febuary 1943 in a cowshed in Soligorsk/Salihorsk, Belarus. viewtopic.php?f=38&t=65806&start=15
I think the London Tines Index for 1973/1974 had a brief mention of the Trial..the defendents were found guilty and sentenced to death by firing Squad
ANy other Western Newspaper such as the New York Times have a brief notice of this trial?

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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by steve248 » 25 Mar 2023 17:28

1. There were no German-German POWs still being held in the USSR.
2. The 4 men are much more likely to have been Soviet nationals in minor positions.
3. The Times (London) often carried the odd small pieces from Reuters or suchlike that reported such trials. I may have cut it out then but I do not have it now.

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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by Puck » 25 Mar 2023 20:00

It was not the 57th Police Bataillon - it never existed.

You are talking about Schutzmannschafts-Bataillon 57.
It consisted of 80 Germans (of former 1/Pol.Batl. 3) and 300 to 400 Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians.
Commanded by german SS-Ostuba/Oberstleutnant d.SchP Hans Siegling.

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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by LAstryAGAIN » 29 Mar 2023 17:33

thanks for the correction
Schutzmannschafts- translates to?
Was this Schutzmannschafts- part of the Einsatzgruppen murder commandos?

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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by Manisoa » 19 Apr 2023 05:28

The Times (London) occasionally ran brief stories from Reuters or similar news agencies covering court cases. Even if I did sever it back then, I can't seem to find it anywhere.
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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by gebhk » 19 Apr 2023 12:21

Schutzmannschafts- translates to?
Security squads or teams

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Re: 1973/1974 War Crimes trial in USSR

Post by LAstryAGAIN » 17 Jun 2023 00:20

Finally Found Confirmation
Date August 11, 1973
Trial Minsk, White Russia
Concerning 57th german Police Battalion aka Schutzmannschaftbataillon 57
4 defendants sentenced to death by firing squad
Source The NEw York Times August 12, 1973

I just put the following in search engine "hans zeigling 57th Police battalion'
Listed under ""World News briefs The New York Times"
https://www.newyorktimes.com/1973/08/12/archives/world...

Can anyone access the full article?

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