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Brzesc Tense on Eve of Murder Trial

The Jewish population awaited with rising tension today the opening of the trial Tuesday arising from the fatal wounding of a policeman, Stefan Kedziora, which led to serious anti-Semitic riots on May 13.

The defendant is Wolf Szcerbowski, 18-year-old son of a Jewish butcher, who is alleged to have stabbed Kedziora when police raided his father’s establishment in search of illegally-slaughtered meat. He will be defended by Joseph Czernichow, well-known Wilno lawyer and social worker.

A civil action for damages by Kedziora’s widow, in which the anti-Semitic Nationalist attorney, Kowalski, had submitted a brief, was dropped because the defendant is a minor. Nationalist newspapers, however, threatened to bring action against “all the Jews,”claiming material and moral damages for the Kedziora family.