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January 02, 1987

A 74-year-old former trusty at the Nazis' Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria died of natural causes in a West Berlin prison, 10 days after he was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for kicking to death a Polish inmate, a West Berlin spokesman said. Otto Heidemann was convicted Dec. 22 of murder in the death of a Polish salesman, Jozef Wojdanowski, in January, 1941, at the concentration camp. Heidemann, who had been in custody since October, 1985, denied the charges. The court said that as a Mauthausen inmate, he served as a trusty picked by Nazi guards to help watch other inmates.

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