German Judge Threatened for Sentencing Nazis Who Killed Jews

A German judge who sentenced two Nazi war criminals to prison for murdering Jews during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union has received anonymous telephone threats to his life, it was revealed here today.

The judge, Dr. Eberhard Hartman of Darmstadt, said that the telephone caller spoke in a cultured voice and gave the pseudonym of “Heydrich, ” the former Gestapo leader assassinated in Czechoslovakia during the war.

The judge imposed a four-year sentence on a onetime Nazi captain and a three-year sentence on a sergeant, both of whom had been convicted of massacring the entire Jewish population of a village near Smolensk in 1941. During the trial, Dr. Hartmann publicly charged that witnesses against the defendants had been intimidated.

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