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Salonica Trial Resolves Itself into Exposition of Jewish Question and Antisemitism: Counsel for Defe

April 18, 1932
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The proceedings yesterday and to-day in the trial at Verria in connection with the anti-Jewish excesses in Salonica last July, resolved themselves into long expositions of Jewish history, the nature of Judaism, antisemitism, Zionism, assimilation, capitalism, Communism, Hitlerism and other aspects of the Jewish question.

The counsel for the defence admitted to-day that there was no truth in the accusations which had been spread before the excesses that the Salonica Jewish sports organisation Maccabee was in league with the Macedonian revolutionaries outside the country who were plotting to detach Salonica from Greece, on which the charge of Jewish disloyalty had been built, which caused the riots.

They urged the court, however, to acquit the accused, so that there should be no ground for resentment and in the interests of peace.

At the same time, two Nationalist students accused of distributing anti-Jewish leaflets in Salonica at the end of June, just before the outbreak of the excesses, have been sentenced to 40 days imprisonment.

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