Thies Christophersen,79, a former Nazi who published...


February 18, 1997

Thies Christophersen,79, a former Nazi who published literature denying the Holocaust ever happened, died Thursday in Kiel, Germany. He had been sought by authorities for a decade before he was arrested last month. He was released because he was suffering from advanced kidney cancer and was too sick to be jailed.

He was an SS officer and a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He published the pamphlet "The Farming Community," extolling his book "The Auschwitz Lie," which denies Germany exterminated millions of Jews during World War II.

Robert Klark Graham,90, who believed intelligence could be bred and established a sperm bank that originally accepted sperm only from Nobel Prize winners, died Thursday in San Diego while attending a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was found in his hotel room bathtub after hitting his head in a fall, said his wife, Marta Everton Graham. Mr. Graham was also a renowned optical physicist who developed shatterproof eyeglass lenses.

Ona Willis,86, whose only child rose from humble beginnings and personal trials to become former Texas Gov. Ann W. Richards, died Saturday in Austin, Texas. Born as Texas Iona Warren, Mrs. Willis and her husband, pharmaceutical salesman Cecil Willis, both were the children of farmers. They were living in the Waco suburb of Lakeview when their daughter, Dorothy Ann Willis, was born in 1933. The daughter, who dropped her first name, was elected governor in 1990.

Nora Beloff,78, the first female political correspondent in Britain and a journalist famed for her tenacity and unpopular opinions, died Wednesday in London after a short illness.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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