German Court Reduces Sentence of Anti-semite Who Terrorized Jew
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German Court Reduces Sentence of Anti-semite Who Terrorized Jew

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The Frankfurt Criminal Court reduced yesterday the sentence of a leader of a group which terrorized a Jewish cafe-owner in the town of Koeppern, after deciding that there was no evidence to show that the citizens of Koeppern were anti-Semitic.

The owner, Kurt Sumpf, emigrated from the town, to which he had returned after the war, in a case which attracted worldwide attention in 1958. He said then that he and his family were in danger from anti-Semitic vandals. The court found that the Koeppern affair was mainly “a clash between the oversensitive and intellectual cafe owner and the rough town population. ” The court then reduced the four-month sentence previously passed on Heinrich Weidmann to one months imprisonment.

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