Frankfurt, Germany (Oct. 16)
The trial of Dr. Marx, representative of the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, and Ferdinand Muerdel, former chief of the Frankfurt political police, will now be continued behind closed doors. Evidence that is allegedly dangerous to the Nazi state will be heard. The trial is expected to continue for some days.
Dr. Marx is accused of having bribed Herr Muerdel in order to obtain confidential information on Nazi activities, which was in the hands of the political police.
The trial continues to concentrate and revolve around the question of the Central Union activities in preventing the spread of Nazi propaganda and acts against the Jews. The prosecution is still endeavoring to establish that collaboration between Dr. Marx and Herr Muerdel was illegal and that the former head of the political police was not entitled to acquaint Dr. Marx with the contents of police documents.
However, both of the defendants insist that they were working together for the same cause, to protect the then existing regime, and that they were entitled to exchange confidences.
Herr Steinberg, former president of the Frankfurt police and prominent Frankfurt Jewish leader, who was certified as being ill in Berlin and therefore unable to attend the trial as a witness, was ordered, in a telegram sent by the court, to appear tomorrow.
The prosecutor urgently demanded the presence in the court of Herr Steinberg. Otherwise he demanded that the court proceed to Berlin to cross-examine the former Jewish police president.
Today several police officers testified that the rewards given by the Central Union to Herr Muerdel were not justified since the tracing of offenders who had desecrated the Jewish cemetery was carried out without any difficulty.