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Jews in Poland Protest “mildness” of Sentences Imposed at Belsen Trial

November 25, 1945
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A sharp attack on the “mildness” of the verdicts issued by the British military court at Luencburg, which tried Josef Kramer and his S.S. associates, was issued here today by the Central Committee of Polish Jews, which pointed out that only nine of the 45 defendants received death sentences.

Persons found guilty of crimes in the death camps of Oswiecim, Majdanek and Helsen, where millions of Polish and other Jews perished, the committee complained, received short prison term as punishment for deeds which demanded the death sentence. “In the same of humanity defamed by the Germans, in the name of millions of Jews murdered by them in Poland and elsewhere, and in the name of the few surviving Jews of Poland, the Central Committee of Polish Jews demands the revision of the Luenabung sentences,” the protest said.

(The Belsen verdicts were also criticised in the Czechoslovak Parliament today, a report from Prague stated, adding prolonged cheers greeted Czech Socialist Party member Alois Neuman when he said: “The House will agree with me if I declare, in the same of all liberated prisoners, that all those guilty must be judged properly and reasive the deserved sentence for ignoble crimes.”)

A Lublin war crimes court has sentenced to death Joseph Sienkiewicz, a guard in the Majdanek camp, accused of torturing prisoners, the Warsaw radio said today.

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