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Anti-semitism Not Illness Ruling of Polish Court

Anti-Semitism is not a psychical disease the Court of Appeal here decided today in sentencing Joseph Szymanski to three years in prison for stabbing Wladyslaw Witkowski because the latter, a non-Jew, defended Abraham Mincberg, a Jew, from Szymanski’s attack. Szymanski declared himself an anti-Semite and the psychiatric experts called in to his defence pleaded that anti-Semitism is an illness. The prosecuting attorney countered this plea with a denial that such a psychical illness existed and the Court agreeing with this denial changed its earlier sentence of six months to the longer period.