Declaring “I am the Army and responsible for its victories…I glory in my lifework for Germany,” General Ludendorff concluded the hold justification of his actions in the Hitler-Ludendorff putsch at his trial here. He then dramatically announced. “The Nationalist movement alone can save Germany.”
A very sympathetic audience attended the final day of the trial. There was much cheering and applause for the anti-Semitic sentiments; some members of the audience being moved to hysteria. Ludendorff and Hitler, in the role of heroes, were showered with flowers and other tributes by the women.
A verdict is expected on April 1st. The prosecuting attorney, in his summing up last week demanded a sentence of eight years for Hitler, and one of two years for Ludendorff.
The rest of the defendants followed the same line of defense as their leaders, accusing the Jews of all the troubles that have befallen Germany and avowing their own intense patriotism; again calling the Jews traitors and deserters, again accusing them of having caused the German revolution, and making the original charge that the Jews were allied with the “Catholic International.”
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