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Erich Koch, Nazi Leader, Sentenced to Death; Killed Thousands of Jews

Erich Koch, Nazi gauleiter for parts of Poland and the Ukraine, convicted in a court at Warsaw last week as a war criminal responsible for the killing of at least 400,000 people, most of them Jews, was today sentenced by the Warsaw court to death.

Koch’s sensation-filled trial, during which he denied any complicity in the many murders, and, at the same time, sneered and jeered at his accusers, lasted four months. Among the many witnesses brought by the Polish Government to testify against him were Jewish survivors from Nazi death camps who had been brought from a number of foreign countries, including Israel.