German Anti-Semitic Organ Offers Ridiculous Explanation (J. T. A. Mail Service)
“The Hakenkreuzler are desecrating Jewish cemeteries, that is the latest cry of the Jews,” the Hitlerist central organ, “Voelkischer Beobachter,” writes. “Although the facts of the cemetery desecration in Cologne-Ehrenfeld,” it proceeds, “have shown the Jewish origin of the whole business, the agitation goes on. The aim is obvious; the intention is to discredit the National-Socialist movement, whose gigantic strides forward are striking terror into the hearts of the Jews.
“The trick is so old, that it has almost been forgotten. We are, therefore, going to recall a similar affair which took place about fifty years ago,” the paper continues. “On February 18, 1881, the synagogue in Neustettin was burned to the ground. The Jewish press started an agitation against the then already powerful anti-Semitic movement, and its leader, Dr. Ernst Henrici was denounced as a synagogue-desecrator and an incendiary. On October 18, 1883, the Law Court in Cologne sentenced the Jews, Hirsch Lesheim, Hirsch Heymann, and Hirsch Gustav, to four years, six years and four months’ imprisonment respectively for having burned down the synagogue. Adolf Loewenberg, a synagogue official, was acquitted for lack of evidence.
“The Jews in 1881 burned down their synagogue,” the “Voelkischer Beobachter” concludes. “Today again, agentsprovocateurs who have not yet been traced are desecrating the cemeteries.”
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