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April 4, 2001
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A German court sentenced a former Nazi SS officer to 12 years in jail for killing seven Jewish prisoners in 1945 as they dug trenches in what is now the Czech Republic. Czech Jewish leaders welcomed the conviction of 83-year-old Julius Viel. “It sends an important message that such people, even after 60 years, cannot and should not escape justice,” said Tomas Kraus, executive director of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities.

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