German Official Sentenced to Death by Polish Court for Executing Jews in Tarnow

Johan Franke, a former German official in Tarnow during the Nazi occupation, was sentenced to death today by a special court there, after being found guilty of ordering the execution of Jews.

The Warsaw radio today reported that Dr. M. Kernish, Jewish historian and a captain in the Polish Army, who led partisan groups against the Germans, has been decorated by the government with the Polonia Restituta, highest Polish order. Dr. Kernish is now one of the lectors of the Polish Military Institute in Warsaw.

The Jewish Historical Committee in Warsaw has started excavations on the site in the Warsaw ghetto where the late Jewish historian, Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum lived before he was killed by the Germans. It is expected that the excavations will lead to the unearthing of many valuable Jewish manuscripts which were entrusted to Dr. Ringelblum for safekeeping during the German occupation.

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