Berne (Dec. 16)
Resumption of the trial in which several Jewish leaders will attempt to prove that the notorious “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” are a forgery has been postponed again, this time till January 15, it was announced here yesterday. The delay was at the personal request of Colonel Ulrich Fleischauer, who has been called in by the Nazi defense as its expert.
The trial was to have been resumed yesterday, having once been postponed in order to give Fleischauer time to get to Berne and prepare his material. The Nazi expert now is here and is studying the minutes of the trial. Since he has asked for a postponement of two months, it is unlikely that the proceedings will be resumed before February.
MORE WITNESSES ASKED
This is all the more probable because of the fact that after the court receives the material prepared by Fleischauer it will have to decide whether, as the defense has requested, more witnesses are to be admitted and which of those proposed should be permitted to testify.
The plaintiffs in the case, which began last October 29, are Dr. Marcus Ehrenpreis, Chief Rabbi of Sweden; Dr. Marcus Cohen, president of the Zionist Federation of Switzerland, and Dr. I. Dreyfus-Brodsky, president of the League of Swiss Jewish Communities.
The principal defendant is Dr. A. Zander, editor of the Swiss National Socialist newspaper, “Der Eiserne Besen,” in which he charged that despite all denials by Jewish leaders the “protocols” are “a true account of the proceedings of a Jewish congress which prepared a plan for domination of the world by Jews.”
During the first two days of the trial Jewish leaders and other experts testified in a fashion generally regarded as having proved conclusively that the “protocols” are a forgery. The defense, however, asked that the examination of witnesses be postponed until detailed proof of the “validity” of the “protocols” could be prepared for presentation in court.