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Two Nazis Convicted of Complicity in Killing Jews in Minsk Area

January 20, 1966
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Sentences ranging from six years’ imprisonment to three years and 10 months were requested by State Prosecutor Karl Bog here today against two former Nazis convicted of complicity in the murder of a total of 790 Jews in Byelorussia during World War II.

The men are Alfred Rendorfer, who, according to Mr. Bog, “fulfilled” orders to carry out “Ghetto Action Lenin, ” which involved the shooting and hanging of Jews in Hancewicze, near Minsk, and the liquidation of Jewish men, women and children in the ghetto of Pohostzkhorodzki, in the Lohoczym district. His Jewish victims totaled 580. Mr. Bog asked that he be given six years’ imprisonment at hard labor. Against the second defendant, Wilhelm Radischek, who was convicted of murdering 210 Jews, the prosecutor asked the lighter sentence, also at hard labor.

A total of 1,700 persons have been tried for war crimes in the Province of Rhine-land-Pfalz since the end of the war, according to a tabulation made today by the Ministry of Justice of that West German state. The figures showed that, of the total, 470 were convicted and sentenced, three of the men receiving life sentences at hard labor. Proceedings are now underway, the Rhineland-Pfalz ministry said, against 75 defendants involved in 56 cases.

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