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Jewish Merchant to Be Tried in Spring on Charges of Shooting Peasants in 1918

Samuel Weissberger, Jewish merchant of Michalovce, arrested in December of 1931 on charges of having shot two Christian peasants in 1918 during the early days of the formation of the Czechoslovakian Republic as a member of an expeditionary body, will be tried by a jury in the Spring, according to a decision of the Supreme Court.

Weissberger was released from prison in March under bail of $3,000.

The decision to place Weissberger on trial is occasioning considerable surprise in view of the assurance given by the Minister of Justice to a Jewish delegation that no action would be taken against any one on charges connected with the events of 1918.

Weissberger has protested his innocence, declaring that he had already been demobilized in October 1918, when the shooting is alleged to have taken place and was serving customers in his store.

The Supreme Court has decided that political amnesty does not apply to Weissberger.