Four Sentenced to Death in Russia for Aiding Nazis to Kill Jews

Six Soviet citizens accused of wartime atrocities against Jews have been sentenced to death, while three others were given 15-year prison terms, after trials at Krasnodar, in South-European Russia, it was reported here today in a dispatch from Moscow. Four of the six condemned to death were accused of herding 20,000 Jews at Radom, in 1942, and sending them to the death camp of Treblinka. The nine men convicted seemed to be judging by their names, Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and one Tatar.

Another report received here today from Moscow establishes that at least four Jews, possibly six, were sentenced to death for “economic crimes” in Kighizia, a Soviet republic, as a result of a mass trial of 45 persons at Frunze, capital of that region. The latest list of those sentenced to death includes the two Jews previously reported, L.A. Feldsher and M.A. Goldman; two thus far not named, I. Dworkin and I. Aspis; and two names believed to be Jewish, B. Dyushaliv and D. Bakuta.

The Guardian of Manchester, commenting on the latest report of what it calls “judicial terror,” declared today it believed the Soviet Union “prefers to make an example of Jews, rather than of Russians, since death sentences for Russians might not be viewed sympathetically by the Russian public.” The reports from the Soviet Union indicated that most of the 45 persons involved in the trial at Frunze were Jewish. Long prison terms were given those who escaped capital punishment.

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