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Two Frenchmen Who Tortured Jews and Betrayed Them to Gestapo Get Heavy Sentences

Two Frenchmen who were associated with the Gestapo during the occupation were today sentenced to life imprisonment and 20 years at hard labor, respectively, following their conviction on charges of having tortured and betrayed Jews to the Gestapo and having assisted a German spy in France.

One of the convicted men, Raymond Rougery, who received the life term, used to promise Jews in hiding that he would lead them from occupied France to Vichy territory, and then would turn them over to the Nazis for deportation and death. The second criminal, Pierre LaHaye, maintained a torture chamber at Neuilly where Jews and members of the resistance were abused. The two men were originally tried and sentenced to death in absentia, but after they were captured in Germany last year a new trial was ordered.

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