The flood of libel actions which has come the way of the Deutsche Zeitung, Nazi weekly publication, has not abated.
Friedrich Karl Kruppa yesterday preferred charges of criminal libel against Carl S. Voelcker, president of the Deutsche Zeitung Publishing Corporation; Walter Kappe, editor of the Deutsche Zeitung; Hubert Schnuch, nominal head of the Friends of New Germany; and Fritz Gissibl, “brown-shirtissimo” and power behind the American Nazi throne.
CLAIMS SANITY QUESTIONED
The case was brought before Magistrate Thomas A. Aurilio in the Fourth District Court and postponed until Sept. 4th at the request of the defendants’ lawyer, Martin E. Burke.
Kruppa, an ex-leader of the Hitler youth group in New York, accused the defendants of casting aspersions on his sanity in an article appearing in the Deutsche Zeitung four weeks ago.
Magistrate Aurilio reprimanded the defendant attorney because his clients failed to arrive in court on time. He warned that unless they presented themselves before the court on Sept. 4th warrants would be issued for their arrest.
Gissibl, who learned in court of the death of Reichspresident von Hindenburg, appeared to be deeply moved by the news.
CONFIDENT IN HITLER
When asked whether he thought the Hitler government would succeed without the tempering influence of “Der Alter Herr,” Gissibl explained that Hindenburg would be missed but expressed himself as being highly optimistic over the ability of the Nazi regime to succeed.
To show how confident he is in the Nazi regime, Walter Kappe declared, “When Hitler falls we’ll make a reporter for the Jewish Daily Bulletin head of the Friends of New Germany.”
Two other libel actions are in process against the Deutsche Zeitung. One is a case of criminal libel drawn against the owners and editors of the paper by former Magistrate Joseph Goldstein. The other is a suit for $100,000 preferred by Dr. Kurt Rosenfeld, former Prussian Minister of Justice.