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German Court Fines Merchant for Slandering Jews at Public Meeting

A Bonn jury court, rejecting a prosecution demand for a prison term, fined Friedrich Schmidt, 58-year-old car merchant, 600 marks ($150) for slandering the Jews.

Schmidt spoke at a meeting of the neo-Nazi German Reichspartei in December 1959, immediately after the Christmas Eve desecration of the Cologne synagogue which touched off a world-wide outburst of anti-Semitic smearings. During his talk, he questioned whether a synagogue was a house of God. The prosecution had asked for a three-month Jail term.