The largest bail ever posted in Germany is 1,000,000 marks ($238,000).

Last week, Hugo Hermann Stinnes Jr., son of the late Hugo Stinnes, posted bail of that amount for release from a Berlin prison.

Unobtrusively, Junior Stinnes left the prison, went to Berlin's smartest Esplanade Hotel (owned by the Hugo Stinnes Corp.), journeyed thence to his home at Mulheim in the Ruhr valley. His trial for attempt to defraud the German Government (TIME, Sept. 24) will probably not take place until next year.


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