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Beadle Jailed for Church Theft That Stirred Anti-jewish Disorders

A court in Czestochowa, western Poland, today sentenced Valenty Mlartsik, beadle of a Catholic church in the town of Truskolas, to thirty months’ imprisonment for the desecration of his church, which led to anti-Semitic disorders when the act was blamed on Jews.

After Mlartsik had stolen sacred objects from the church, a report was spread that the act had been committed by Jews as a reprisal for the bombing of a synagogue. The rumor resulted in serious anti-Jewish disturbances.

Mlartsik is the brother of the priest of the church.