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Czechoslovak Court Dooms Karl Rahm, Ex-commandant of Theresienstadt Ghetto

Karl Rahm, ex-commander of the Theresienstadt ghetto, was today condemned to death by a Peoples Court in Litomerice.

Rahm, who in the beginning maintained that the Gestapo was responsible for all activities within the ghetto, finally confessed to having participated in the planning, construction and use of poison gas chambers in which Jews and Czech patriots were murdered. His execution is expected to take place later today.

A Peoples Court here sentenced Hugo Sonka Sonnenschein, a Jewish writer, to 20 years imprisonment and confiscation of his property. The court branded him a “traitor to Czech and Jewish writers.” Sonka, who is reputed to have been a personal friend of the late Leon Trotsky, confessed that Goebbels personally tried to per(##)ade him to “fight against the Communists.”