Camp Guard Associated with the Murder of the Piaseczno Rebbe Extradited to Germany

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Hasidim of the Aish Kodesh should take note: this is likely the face of one of the murderers of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira hy”d. Jakiw Palij, a longtime resident of Queens, New York, was recently extradited to Germany for filing false information while immigrating to the United States after World War II.

Palij served as a guard in Trawniki, the labor camp where the Rebbe was imprisoned after his deportation from Warsaw. Beginning November 3, 1943, the Nazis instituted Aktion Erntefest (“Operation Harvest Festival”) as retaliation for the Jewish uprisings that were spreading throughout several concentration camps, including Sobibor and Treblinka. In a coordinated effort that spanned several labor camps, guards shot over 42,000 in the space of two days. The Rebbe was among the martyrs.

Click here for the New York Times article on Palij’s extradition to Germany.

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