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Swiss Court Bans Anti-semitic Book, Orders All Printed Copies Destroyed

The cantonal court in Lausanne has banned an anti-Semitic book and has ordered all printed copies destroyed in addition to requiring the author to pay court expenses. The book, called “The Past, The Present and The Jewish Question” was written by James Albert Mathez, a retired doctor from Vevey. A complaint was brought against the book last year by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Switzerland, Roger Nordmann, a journalist, and several other persons. An injunction was issued at the time to prevent its distribution. The book was described as a crude attack on Jews and a demand that they be deprived of their civil rights.