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Nazi Leader Acquitted of Attempt to Blackmail Jewish Community

Friedrich Hesseldieck, former Nazi district leader in this city, has been acquitted of a charge that he attempted to blackmail the Jewish community of Dortmund in 1938. He was acquitted because the court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to convict him, despite witnesses’ testimony that he threatened to reduce the community from 2,000 persons to 600 “In a matter of weeks.”

The Jewish cemetery at Bad Canstatt, a suburb of Stuttgart, was today desecrated for the second time in a year. Last time the police blamed “playing children” for turning over tombstones.