German Jewish Merchant is Still Held After Being Cleared of Murder Charge
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German Jewish Merchant is Still Held After Being Cleared of Murder Charge

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Case Leads to International Complications (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

International complications resulted from the murder charge brought against the German Jewish merchant of Magdeburg, Rudolf Haas.

Astonishment prevailed today when it was learned that Haas, who was cleared of the charge of having murdered his bookkeeper, Helling, and who was reported released from jail, is still held by the Magdeburg police.

As a result of misrepresentations made by Haas’s accusers, it was charged that the Czechoslovakian consul in Magdeburg knew of the murder and the police extended the investigation to the Czechoslovakian vice-consul, Janda, as an alleged accomplice. A sharp note of protest was sent by the Prague government to the Berlin government as a result of this investigation.

Today’s press reports further sensational developments in the case. It is reported that the criminal investigator, Tanholt, who is a member of the anti-Semitic Hakenkreuzler group in Magdeburg, was suspended from his post and brought before a disciplinary court.

A complete clearing up of the case and the details of the involved plot is expected.


Permit me to call attention to several inaccuracies in the interesting account entitled “New History Revives Interest in Famous American Jewish” in your issue of Sunday, July 25. The statement is made that Miss Gratz’ portrait was painted by Gilbert Stuart. It was not Stuart but a well nigh equally famous American artist. Thomas Sully, who painted the portrait. He was a close friend of Miss Gratz and her brothers.

Matilda Hoffman, the fiancee of Washington living, is spoken of in the article as a “young Jewish friend” of Miss Gratz. Miss Hoffman was not a Jewess. She was the daughter of Judge J. Ogden Hoffman of New York who had married Miss Maria Fenno, an intimate friend of Rebecca Gratz who became also closely attached to the young ladies of the household, particularly Matilda who died very young and to Julia who in later years spent much time with Miss Gratz in her Philadelphia home.

I may also state that I have almost ready for publication a great number of letters written by Rebecca Gratz to her brother Benyamin and his wife who lived in Lexington, Kentucky. This very important and interesting correspondence which I discovered several years ago, extends over a period of more than half a century.

The demands included a guaranteed period of ### the forty-hour week, limitation of ### and minimum wage increases. The ### will remain in force until the agreement for the remainder of the industry is ### and it will then be modified to conform ### the new contract. None of those who signed the ### was a member of the Industrial Council of Chak. Suit and Skirt Manufacturers, Inc. Henry H. Finder, President of the Council. announced that the firm of Schulman & Hauptman, member of the council, had been expeded because it had opened negotiations for settlement with the union.

Twenty thousand cloak makers took part in a mass demonstration in the garment district between Twenty-third and Thirty-ninth Streets.

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