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Railway Accident in Germany Exploited for Anti-semitic Propaganda

September 13, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A railway accident, which occurred at Leiferde, has given new impetus to anti-Semitic propaganda in Germany.

A young man named Schlessinger, 22 years of age, was arrested on the charge of having caused the accident. The “Deutsche Tageszeitung,” the organ of the anti-Semitic nationalist party, published an article yesterday in which the Jews were violently attacked for the accident. The editor calls Schlessinger “a Jew who has caused the death of 22 people and has plunged 22 German families into mourning.”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is officially informed that Schlesinger is not a Jew.

“Das Berliner Tageblatt,” commenting on the editorial of the “Deutsche Zeitung,” declares that the anti-Semitic newspaper always institutes ridiculous charges against the Jews, while the paper itself has caused untold murders. ‘Even if Schlessinger were a Jew, there would be no justification for an anti-Semitic campaign because of any act of his. However, after the failure of the anti-Semites in the Rudolph Haas case, anything is good enough for the ‘Deutsche Zeitung,'” the paper states.

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