Marienbad (Sep. 2)
The Jewish community here has resolved to raise a fund with which to establish a Lessing Institute for Scientists, in memory of Professor Theodor Lessing, the murdered scholar. The proposed institute is to include all scholars who fled from Germany, irrespective of their religious or political beliefs.
The funeral of Professor Lessing will be held tomorrow with interment in the Marienbad Jewish cemetery. His remains may later be removed to Palestine.
A touching scene was enacted today when a distinguished looking German, who described himself as a member of the nobility but said he could not disclose his name for obvious political reasons, came as an admirer to place a wreath.
Mrs. Ada Lessing, the noted scholar’s widow, presented to Professor Thomas Masaryk, president of the Czechoslovakian Republic, the Schopenhauer walking stick which her husband had inherited as the most prominent philosopher of the day. The stick has been handed down from generation to generation, from one great philosopher to another.
The Czech police are continuing their hunt for the assassins who killed the noted German Jewish philosopher. The gun with which Professor Lessing was killed has been found and the police definitely established the fact that it was of German make.
Eleven suspects are under arrest, alleged to have been the accomplices of Max Eckert, notorious poacher, who is supposed to have fired the shots that killed Professor Lessing.
The Czech government continues to manifest the greatest interest in the murder. Dr. Jan Czerny, Minister of the Interior in the present cabinet, is taking an active personal interest in the investigation of the murder.
The entire population of Czechoslovakia is enraged over the murder and continues to express its indignation through a series of anti-German demonstrations. As a result of the bitter anti-German feeling, the German embassy in Prague is surrounded by a heavy guard of police.