Religion: Protocols of Zion (Conel.)

"I hope the time will come," said Judge Walter Meyer last week in a courtroom in Berne, Switzerland, ''when people everywhere will be astonished to learn that in the year 1935 it was necessary to talk for 17 days about possible authenticity in this incredible nonsense which is called the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' " Thus closing the libel suit brought by Swiss Jews against Swiss Nazis (TIME, Nov. 12; May 13), Judge Meyer let off three defendants entirely, let off two others with niggling fines, announced he was unable to ban circulation of the spurious Protocols throughout Switzerland.

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