BERLIN (Jan. 17)
Storm trooper Friedel was convicted today of having assaulted Max Schussler, an American Jew, living in Berlin and was sentenced to imprisonment for seven months. Schussler is a former resident of New York.
The sentence on Friedel was pronounced by a summary court, known here as “speed courts”. Action by the Reich justice constitutes the quickest achieved by American consular officials in Berlin on any case affecting American citizens under the Nazi regime.
Acting Consul General Raymond Geist declared that in his opinion the sentence could be regarded as a satisfactory disposal of the incident.
Last Tuesday Friedel called at the office of Schussler, angry at having been reminded that his rent was overdue. He was advised by Schussler to discuss the matter with the district storm troop leader. Instead he assaulted Schussler, and beat him badly. The Nazi was arrested by police called by Schussler’s employees. Schussler was removed to a hospital and later carried home on a stretcher. He will be confined to bed for at least a week.
This is the second time Schussler has been beaten by Nazis. Last March he was the victim of an as sault by uniformed Nazi storm troopers.