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German Sentenced to Four Months Imprisonment for Insulting Jews

The local German court has sent Franz Linder, an elderly pensioner, to jail for four months, after finding him guilty of insult, libel and defamation of the dead because of anti-Jewish statements. He made the remarks on a postcard about a Jew who lived in the same apartment house with him.

The Darmsta It Jewish Community, which intervened in the case as co-plaintiff, advanced the argument, which was accepted by the court, that an expression of regret about the fact that not all Jews were killed under Nazism, constitutes a violation of the article in the German Penal Code prohibiting defamation of the dead.