Foreign News: Unaccountable Backfire

This year's most significant Nazi propaganda trial abruptly backfired last week. For some months the Ministry of Propaganda & Public Enlightenment has been telling Germany what a nest of swinish rascals and swindlers the Prussian Ministry of Public Welfare was before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor. Under the shrieking headline "HOW PUBLIC MONEY WAS SQUANDERED!" Dr. Heinrich Hirtsiefer, ousted Public Welfare Minister, was denounced for indulging in an orgy of buying honorary degrees for himself from German universities and treating his colleagues shamelessly to beer.

These odd charges involved the alleged acceptance of bribes...

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