Foreign News: A Head for a Bomb

In Berlin's Plötzensee Penitentiary last week a shining ax crashed down. Off rolled the head of intellectual Helmuth Hirsch, the 21-year-old Jew arrested last December for plotting to kill "a high German official"—subsequently believed to be Jew-baiter Julius Streicher—with a bomb (TIME, May 3). Hirsch's family lives in Czechoslovakia, but U. S. diplomats in Berlin had taken him under their wing because his grandfather was a naturalized U. S. citizen. U. S. newspapers whooped for his life, but Hirsch, throughout his imprisonment, admitted he was guilty. He did not deny it in...

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