Berlin (Aug. 23)
With attacks upon Jews already resultant and Adolph Hitler himself breathing defiance against the government of Chancellor Franz von Papen, renewed and serious disturbances with the Jews among the principal victims are expected as a result of the execution sentence passed upon five Nazis yesterday by the special court of Buethen in Silesia for the murder of a Communist on August 9th.
The verdict was announced by a special court operating under the antiterrorist decrees issued by President Paul von Hindenburg. There is no appeal against the verdict of the court, although, it is understood the government may stay a sentence.
When the verdict was pronounced last night at seven o’clock, Edmund Heines, Nazi Reichstag deputy and leader of the local Storm Troops, who had attended the trial in Nazi uniform, arose and shouted: “The German people in the future will pronounce different verdicts. This judgment will be a beacon of German liberty!”
This defiance was taken up by a number of spectators and reechoed by thousands of aroused Nazis who surrounded the courtroom. An attempt was made to rush the court house building and when repulsed by the police, the Nazis proceeded to adjoining streets, breaking the windows of a number of Jewish stores.
A Jewish fruit dealer was dragged to the street, stripped and flogged.
The Nazis also smashed the windows of the Socialist “Volksblatt” and of the Catholic Center Party paper.
Adolph Hitler today sent a personal petition to Chancellor Franz von Papen asking commutation of the sentence. In a statement issued, Hitler threatened to make an end to what he termed “this guillotine government.”
“My German comrades, you will now