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Reich Prisoner Slated to Get Peace Award

The committee which will select the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize today had under consideration the name of Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist and a political prisoner of the Hitler regime.

Ossietzky’s name was submitted by the League for the Rights of Man. Messages supporting the proposal that the prize be awarded to him have been received from Lion Feuchtwanger, the German Jewish novelist now in exile, and other prominent individuals.

Ossietzky was arrested the night of the Reichstag fire and taken to a concentration camp, where beatings and severe drilling maneuvers are said to have undermined his health. He was editor-in-chief of Die Weltbuehne, a pacifist weekly, until the advent of the Nazis, who suppressed it.

The suggestion has been voiced that if he receives the Nobel Prize, his release will follow.

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