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Nazi Concentration Camp Commander Condemned to Death for Burning Jews Alive

Count Walter Erich von Polshauzen, former commandant of the Radegoszoza concentration camp, near Lodz, has been condemned to death by a Lodz court for ordering the burning alive of 2,500 Jews.

Pelshauzen ordered the camp buildings burned to the ground after the Jews had been locked inside. The massacre occurred a few hours before a liberating Red Army column captured the camp. Prisoners who attempted to flee the flames were shot down by machine guns.

In Warsaw, a Polish baker, Waclaw Zeman, was found guilty of denouncing Jews to the Gestapo during the occupation, and was sentenced to hanging.