In her stirring Holocaust memoir, To Vanquish the Dragon, Pearl Benisch describes the encounter of the Jewish community of Poland with the Nazi dragon of the 20 Century; and the victory of the maidens who dared to fight the beast. Benisch, who was born and raised in Krakow, describes the extraordinary faith and self-sacrifice shown by her family and other members of her Jewish community during the Holocaust.Her memoir is a rare tribute to the heroism of some of the victims themselves, including the unimaginable courage and strength shown by a group of ten female friends, nicknamed the Zehnerschaft, who supported each other through the tortures of the ghettos, deportations and death camps.The Zehnerschaft was made up of young women between the ages of 16 and 26, including Mrs.Hells Angels Paul Arlett, 35, of Cradley Road, Dudley, West Midlands; Sean Timmins, 38, of Brewood Road in Coven, Staffordshire; and Leonard Hawthorne, 52, of Penn Road, Wolverhampton were brought into the court for sentencing separately.Another of the convicted men, 47-year-old Mark Larner, fled to South Africa "with a substantial amount of money, and clearly is therefore at large", the court heard."There must have been at least 20 or 30 people turning up to meet the plane." He said the eight convicted men "came to fight".There is an old Polish legend about a dragon named Smok who was in the habit of roaming the streets of Krakow in search of young maidens to eat, while spreading terror and destroying everything in its path.
Judge Thomas QC said: "This was an appalling case of public disorder in the presence of, and to the terror of, probably hundreds of people." The Hells Angels and the Outlaws, the judge said, had a "background of hostility and violence" going back years.
Sentenced on Friday were Outlaws Neil Harrison, 46, of Bell Green Road, Coventry; Mark Price, 50, of Westbury Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Mark Moseley, 46, of Orchard Rise in Birmingham, and Jeremy Ball, 46, of Plant Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire.