German Arrested in Praha for Death Threat to Jewish Professor

The police today arrested a German student as author of a death threat contained in a letter, signed “Heil Hitler,” sent to Dr. Hans Kelsen, professor of international law at the German University here and a recent emigre from Germany.

The letter, decorated with a swastika, warned Prof. Kelsen that a fate similar to Prof. Theodor Lessing’s awaited him unless he left the university. (Prof. Lessing, a famous German-Jewish philosopher was killed by Nazis on Aug. 31, 1933, in his villa at Marienbad following receipt of threatening letters.)

Arrest of the student followed comparison by the police of typewriters in numerous German student centers with the typescript in the threatening letter.

Dr. Kelsen’s first lecture Oct. 22 was marked by anti-Semitic rioting by Nazi students.

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