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Holocaust survivor freed early

A judge at the Court of Appeals in London suspended the sentence of a Polish-born Holocaust survivor jailed for his role in a money-laundering operation.Mendel Rand, 76, had served one month of an 18-month sentence. His attorneys appealed, citing the incarceration’s harmful effects on Rand’s mental and physical health.Last week’s ruling stated that Rand should be set free “as an act of mercy in wholly exceptional circumstances.”Rand’s attorneys successfully argued that his prison time was “bringing back his wartime experiences” and that in his old age, he already daily relives “the horrors of his childhood experiences,” when he lived in an underground cellar in Krakow.