Berlin (Oct. 25)
The trial of twenty-five Polish Jews accused of bribing police officials in order to obtain residential permits in Germany opened in a Berlin court. Sixteen of the accused failed to appear and it was assumed that they had left Germany.
The central figure in the trial is
Leo Weinberger, who is a staatenlose or man without citizenship in any country. He is accused of having received three hundred to one thousand marks for every residential permit secured from the police.
Two highly placed police officers are accused of having accepted the bribes.
Twenty-seven Jews had originally gone on trial in Berlin on July 25, but the case had been postponed.
The German press devoted much space to the case terming it an example of “Jewish corruption of German officials.”
Weinberger is well known in Berlin as a manufacturer of confectionery. He was active in Jewish communal life in Berlin.