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Former SS Captain Gets Five Years for Role in Mass Murder

July 13, 1962 - Otto Hunsche (left), former SS captain and a close associate of Adolf Eichmann, was sentenced today to five years in prison for having contributed to the murder of about 600 Hungarian Jews. Frankfurt, Germany’s chief prosecutor, Heinz Wolf, who had sought a life sentence, announced that he would appeal the decision and seek a stiffer penalty. The court ruled that the 19 months Hunsche spent in jail during the investigation and trial be deducted from the sentence. It also deducted 18 months as a credit for a 2-year-3-month sentence he received in 1947 for having been a member of the Gestapo. This leaves Hunsche a mere 23 months to serve.

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