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Displaced Jew Jailed by Court After Fracas During Exhumation of Nazi Victims

January 19, 1947
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One displaced Jew was convicted and three others freed today by a U.S. military court trying them on charges arising from a clash at the town of Neurnberg vorm Wald during the exhumation of the bodies of Jews murdered by the Nazis.

The guilty man, Chaim Fogial, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and a 5,000 mark fine for assaulting a German during the exhumation ceremonies. A Polish DP, Peter Wlassek, was given a four-month sentence and the same fine on the same charge.

Alex Piorkowski, a pencil salesman who became commander of the Dachau concentration camp in 1938, was today sentenced to be hanged by a war crimes tribunal sitting at Dachau. His assistant, Heinz Detmers, was given a 15-year prison term.

Herman Plachczinsky, the displaced Jew from the Landsberg camp who is charged with assaulting an officer, has not been released from jail, although his trial has been indefinitely postponed pending; investigations by the military authorities, it was learned today.

When the proceedings against Plachczinsky were adjourned at the request of the prosecution, which said that constabulary officials wished to gather additional evidence, it was stated that the defendant would be freed on bail. However, Plachczinsky is being held in a constabulary jail at Lengries and will not be released until after completion of an investigation of his arrest and the incidents leading up to it, which is being made by an inspector-general assigned by U.S. occupation headquarters at Frankfurt.

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