× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Nazi War Crimes / Ryan #228214

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 23, 1973
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) New York hsewife faces extradition to West Germany to stand trial as war criminal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Mrs. Russell Ryan faces war crimes charges. Ryan was Nazi guard at Majdanek concentration camp in Poland from 1942-44. Married and moved to US in 1959. Was tracked down by Nazi hunter who also found Adolf Eichmann, Simon Wisenthal. Ryan's neighbors find charges hard to believe. [Neighbor Mrs. Emil STOCK - says Ryan likeable person.] Immigration Service trial lawyer hears testimony from former Majdanek inmates. [Majdanek survivor Mary FINKLESTEIN - recalls Ryan beating inmate into unconsciousness. Victim then cremated.] Ryan says was just following orders and had no choice but to do as she did. Did her job as best she would. [Majdanek survivor Stella KOLLIN - recalls Ryan throwing small children onto trucks to be taken to gas chambers. Can still hear children and mothers screaming.] [Husband Russell RYAN - feels wife never did anything wrong.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne Artist: Aggie Whelan

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.