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Butcher Pleads Self-defence in Czestochowa Slaying

Joseph Bendrak, Jewish butcher, pleaded not guilty today to the murder of Stefan Bendrak, a Polish railway porter. The porter’s death led to three days of anti-Semitic riots in Czestochowa.

Bendrak, whose trial was shifted from Czestochowa to Piatrikow because of continuing tension, stated that he acted in self-defense. After being assaulted by Baran, he said, he fired a gun to frighten him and the porter was hit accidentally.

If convicted, Bendrak can be sentenced to death or to a prison sentence of anywhere from five years to life. He is being defended by a Warsaw Jewish attorney named Honigwel.

Despite the tension, conditions in Czestochowa are rapidly returning to normal. Many Poles are openly patronizing Jewish shops.

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