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Sawicki (Reisler), Jerzy

SAWICKI (Reisler), JERZY (1908–1967), Polish lawyer who was a prosecuting counsel at the Polish War Crimes Tribunal and a member of the Polish delegation at the Nuremberg Trials. Born in Skole, Galicia, into an Orthodox Jewish family, Sawicki graduated and practiced as a lawyer. He went into hiding during the Nazi occupation. After the war he rapidly acquired distinction as a prosecutor in war crimes trials and other important cases. Subsequently he became professor of criminal law at Warsaw University and a member of several international institutions concerned with the reform of criminal law.

Sawicki was the author of numerous works on criminal law, genocide, and the trial of Nazi war criminals, including Prawo norymberskie ("The Nuremberg Judgment," 1948), with T. Cyprian, and Przed polskim prokuratorem ("Before the Polish Prosecutor," 1958). After 1945 he was a founder and an active member of the "Polish Friends of the Hebrew University."

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.