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Blood Ritual Murder Charge Development; Arrest Christian Butcher

January 8, 1933
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The blood ritual murder accusation levelled against the Jews of Rastenberg by a Nazi organ took a further turn today with the arrest of a Christian butcher, Popp, who was charged with the murder of an eight year old Christian child, Benno Haffke.

Popp is accused of being implicated in a number of incendiary acts. Benno was aware of Popp’s activities, it is learned, and Popp killed him, to prevent exposure.

Popp’s arrest and the motive established for the murder, bear out the theory built up previously by experts, who declared that the condition of the child’s body precluded the possibility that he was murdered for any such nefarious blood ritual purposes as libelliously attributed to Jews. Notwithstanding this testimony, the Nazi organ, “Preussische Zeitung,” last week raised the blood ritual hue and cry against the Jews, and caused the arrest of a Jew, Arndt, who was later released.

United States District Attorney Elihu D. Stone, vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America, has been elected president of Temple Mishkan Telifa, the largest congregation in New England. Mr. Stone is president of the New England Zionist Region.

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