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Countess, Confessing Forgery of Jewish Husband’s Will, Disappears

September 16, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Countess Hessold Schnabel, widow of the Jewish professor. Dr. Schnabel of the Robert Koch Institute of Berlin, has left Germany following her confession to ha###, forged the will of her husband.

When Professor Schnabel died suddenly, he was buried in the Catholic cemetery, at the instructions of the Countess, notwithstanding the fact that he had never embraced the Catholic religion. After the funeral, to the surprise of the professor’s mother and sister in Kolomea, Galicia, to whom he was devoted, the Countess produced a will purporting to leave the large estate and fortune entirely to her. Professor Schnabel’s relatives contested the will and at the hearing a housekeeper and confidante of the Countess confessed that the latter had practiced for some time imitating her husband’s handwriting.

The Countess then confessed. She was not arrested, having given her word that she would not leave her country estate.

The confession of the Countess created a stir in German society circles. The Countess was born in St. Louis. Mo., the daughter of Count Hesso von Leiningen-Westerburg.

Impressive dedication exercises marked the completion of the new Sinai Synagogue in Los Angeles, Cal. The synagogue was erected at a cost of $350,000.

Sinai is the oldest congregation in Southern California. Rabbi Mayer is its rabbi and Dr. L. G. Reynolds is president:

The new structure is of Romanesque style. And of concrete, brick and steel construction. Many new features in design, art and decoration are embodied in the building. The main ###ditorium has a seating capacity of 1,500. There is a social hall, dining rooms, modernly equipped kitchens, an entire floor of club rooms, class rooms, offices for church officers and dressing rooms.

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