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Leader of German Party Sentenced for Anti-semitic Posters

A German court at Brunswick today imposed a six-month sentence on Willi Reupke, deposed election chairman of the German Party in the Bad Gandersheim district of Lower Saxony, for putting up anti-Semitic posters attacking Erich Ollenhauer, head of the Social Democratic Party.

The court told Reupke, a former Nazi police chief in the district, that the sentence was meant to make the point that anti-Semitism may not be exploited during the election campaign. Court action was brought by the Social Democratic leader.

Herr Ollenhauer told the court that he was not a Jew by race or religion. He pointed out that during the Nazi regime his sister had succeeded in proving to the satisfaction of the Nazis that she was not Jewish. He also introduced an affidavit from his father to the effect that he was not a Jew.

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