Prague (Dec. 11)
The blood libel trial against two Jews in the Province of Carpatho-Russia is doing a great deal of damage politically to the Czecho-Slovakian Republic, Deputy Schelmec, a member of the Czech Agrarian Party, complained to-day during a meeting of the budget committee of the Senate.
Deputy Schelmec quoted Dr. Weizmann’s speech at the banquet given him in London this week, in which he classed Czecho-Slovakia together with Russia in their treatment of Jews to show how badly Czecho-Slovakia was now appearing in the eyes of the Jewish opinion of the world.
I hope for the sake of our country’s good name, he said, that when the case comes up for hearing again next Monday, the 14th. inst., the baselessness of this superstitious belief will be demonstrated, and the case will be quashed.
Russian Jewry affords a tragic example of a Jewish Community in process of dissolution, Dr. Weizmann said in the course of his speech at the banquet, and much the same thing, he added, is happening in the other East-European Jewish Communities – in Poland, Roumania, Czeccho-Slovakia.