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Court Gives Nazi Suspended Term

An unidentified, 83-year-old former member of the Nazi SA (stormtroopers) has been given a suspended sentence for complicity in the murder of a Jew that took place 54 years ago, on Kristallnacht.

The two-year suspended sentence was handed down last Friday by a court in Wolgast, a town in eastern Germany in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

A jury found that the man was guilty of complicity in manslaughter in the death of a Jewish woman on the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938. The death occurred in the east Prussian town of Neidenburg.

The jury foreman, Karl Weber, explaining the sentence for the less severe crime of complicity in manslaughter, said his colleagues found that the defendant had not participated actively in the murder.

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