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Trial Opens of Anti-semites Charged with Libel by Talmud Misquotations

The trial of two anti-Semites, Deputy Streicher and Town Councillor Holz, which opened in the Nuernberg court, is attracting wide attention. They are charged with publishing anti-Jewish libels, based on misquotations from the Talmud.

The court today rejected the expert opinion on the Talmud quotations of the famous Jewish Talmudic scholar, Prof. Guttman, as well as that of the famous orientalist of Hamburg, Astor Windfuhr. The reason for refusing to hear Prof. Guttmann was given that he is a member of the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith Prof. Windfuhr was not heard because he collaborated with the “C. V. Zeitung.” organ of the Central Union Dr. Bishoff, notorious Voelkist leader, was heard by the court instead. The defendants reiterated their charges. The trial is proceeding.

The case grew out of two cases of anti-Semites employing the long-exploded ritual murder libel. Last April, sensational ritual murder agitation broke out in Bavaria when a Christian boy of five was found murdered in Manau. Members of the anti-Semitic National Socialist party. particularly the anti-Semitic weekly “Stuermer” of Nuernberg, started ritual murder agitation which spread rapidly. Other anti-Semitic leaflets took up the cry and excited meetings were held in the entire vicinity. The Bavarian Rabbinical Conference published an indignant protest against the libels. The same libel was spread regarding the murder of a student in Gladbach, near Munich.

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