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Bismarck-lassalle Correspondence Causes Sensation in Germany

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor who cemented the German monarchy, and Ferdinand Lassalle, the Jewish labor leader in Germany who was one of the founders of the Socialist movement, bitter foes, were in correspondence on ways and means of reconciliation.

This sensational discovery has gripped the entire German press after the documents came to light due to collapse of an old filing case in the Prussian Ministry of State. The case broke down in close proximity of the desk of Prussian Minister Braun.

The correspondence between Bismarck and Lassale, which was stored away in the case, shows that Bismarck sought the acquaintance of Lassalle and took action on several occasions to protect the labor leader from police persecutions. The correspondence further shows that Bismarck and Lassalle debated for many hours on the joint interests of the monarchy and the proletariat on the Social Kingdom against the Middleclass Democracy. The premature death of Lassalle prevented the consummation of the plans discussed between him and the Chancellor, the letters show.

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