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November 01, 1968 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-11-01

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THE DETROIT -JEWISH NEWS
Friday, November 1, 1968-3
Czech 'Show Trials Involving Jews
Reportedly Planned by Soviet Officials Ex-SS Officer Gets Life for War Role

PARIS (JTA)—Reports reaching
here from Czechslovakia said that
a series of "show trials," similar
to the trial of Rudolph Slansky
during the Stalin era, in which!
charges of "Zionist conspiracy"
are expected to figure, are being
planned by Soviet occupation
authorities.
According to the reports, the
Russians have given Czech author-
ities a list of several hundred
names, mostly of liberals and in-
cluding many Jews or Czechs of
Jewish origin, with orders not to
let these people leave the country.
Czechoslovakian Premier Cernik,
has been forced to agree to these•
demands, and border posts have
been instructed accordingly, the !
reports said. The Russians are
said to have compiled their list of
accused from files confiscated at
the beginning of the Soviet occu-
pation last August from the Czech
secret police and the ministry of
interior.
Among those listed to stand trial
is Prof. Eduard Glodstuecker, a
prominent Czech-Jewish author
and academician who was presi-
dent of the Czech Writers' Union
and vice rector of Charles Uni-
versity in Prague. Prof. Gold-
stuecker escaped from Czechslo-
vakia at the time of the invasion
and is presently lecturing at Sus-
sex University in England. He has
accepted an invitation to lecture
as visiting professor at the Insti-
tute of German Studies at Stock-
holm University, Sweden, in the
fall of 1969.
The reports said the trials would
be conducted by Czechs but that
the prosecutor and probably the
judges will be selected from hard-
line Communist associates of for-
mer President Antonin Novotny.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Social
and Cultural Association of Po-
land held a meeting in Wroclaw,
bat no program of Jewish activ-
ities was discussed by the 20
persons who attended.
Jewish life in Poland has de-

teriorated since the government

began its "anti-Zionist" campaign.
The meeting took up preparations

for celebrating the 25th anniver-
sary of the Polish Folk Army and
the 50th anniversary of Polish in-
dependence.
According to reports from War-
saw, the association has been in-
active for the last few months.

Club rooms remain open but they
are used mainly by people who
drop in to play cards and watch
television.
Several speakers at the Wroclaw
meeting pointed out that even in
the present repressive climate in
Poland, there were opportunities
for lectures and similar events.
The Yiddish State Theater, whose
director, Ida! Kaminska, has left
Poland permanently, is still func-
tioning. It is presently performing
in Lodz and is attracting Jewish
audiences from all over the dis-
trict.

BONN (JTA)—A 51-year-old for-
mer SS staff sergeant who took
sleeping pills in attempted suicide
Sunday was sentenced to life im-'
prisonment Tuesday by a court in
Hagen. The defendent Heinz
Jentszch, was convicted for his part
in the mass murders of some 10,000
Jews in an Austrian concentration
camp during 1941 42. The Jews
were killed in ice-water "death
baths."

-

In Munich, an obviously unre-
pentant f or mer Nazi security
policeman, on trial for the mass
murder of Polish Jews between
1939 and 1943, interrupted a wit-
ness' testimony with shouts of
"freedom for Germany.'; The wit-
ness said that while in Chelm,
Poland, he had seen Hugo Rasch-
endorfer personally shoot three

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Jentszch, now a Berlin building
contractor, collapsed when the sen-
tence was read. His co-defendants,
former staff sergeants Helmut
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