Koenigsberg (Oct. 25)
The bust of a Jewish hero of the Revolution of 1848 was the center of discussion today in the Koenigsberg City Council.
The bust of Johann Jacoby was set up in the Meeting Hall of the Koenigsberg City Council many years ago, in commemoration of his patriotic services during the Revolution of 1848. As one of the champions of the peoples’rights, he led a deputation of German citizens to Frederick Wilhelm, demanding the franchise. When Frederick Wilhelm, after hearing the deputation’s plea, turned his back without answering, Jacob exclaimed the historical words: “The misfortune of kings is that they don’t listen to truth.”
Today the aldermen of the anti-Semitic groups of the Voclkische and Deutschemationale parties in the City Council introduced a motion that the bust of Johann Jacoby be removed from the Council Hall. The question was heatedly discussed and when it came to a vote, the house was equally divided. The decision then resting with the President, he decided in favor of Johanm Jacoby’s memory and the bust will stand.