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Records Relating to Naftali Botwin Collection, ... | Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

This collection comprises narratives from Jewish, Ukrainian and Polish periodicals reflecting the fate of Naftali Botwin, Jewish communist in Lviv (Lwow). Naftali Botwin, acting on the order of the Communist Party of Western Ukraine, assassinated an informant of Polish political police, Josef Cenhnowski on Trybunalska Street in Lviv (Lwow) on July 28, 1925.

He was tried by Summary Tribunal and sentenced to death. Polish President Stanislaw Wojcechowski rejected his right of pardon.

Jewish establishment of Lviv (Lwow), largely concerned with the Steiger Affair (Trial) distanced from interventions on behalf of Naftali Botwin. For them it was politically harmful to recognize a Jewish communist as a Jew. They would see him as a communist.

Summary trial of Botwin contrasted with a long lasted Jury trial over Stanislaw Steiger in 1925.


Records filed under "Naftali Botwin Collection, Existential realities and the fate of his own"




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