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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 25, 1945: At the trial of 45 concentration camp commanders and guards in Lueneberg, Germany, a Polish woman testifies that female inmates were forced to line up naked before camp officials making selections for the death chambers. Sophie Litwinska identifies one of the accused as an SS guard who took part in the selections at Auschwitz. "That is the murderer who destroyed thousands of innocents," she shouts. Litwinska also tells how she was sent to the gas chamber and "yellow fumes" were entering the room when she was removed by guards. In Washington, it is disclosed that President Truman recently gave Gen. Charles de Gaulle of France a C-54 transport plane. The gift is described by the White House as being in line with gifts of planes to Winston Churchill, the king of Egypt and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. But it is a mystery whose budget should pay for the $250,000 plane. An Army spokesman says: "They've got a lot of funds over at the White House that we don't know anything about."

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