The year: 1932. The place: a courtroom.
Adolf Hitler, then just the head of the National Socialist German Workers Party, was on the witness stand against a certain journalist who claimed that the Nazi Party was being supported by Italian fascist groups. When the defense attorney challenged Hitler and asked him about the party’s financial backing by French and Czech owned weapon industries, Hitler refused to answer, stating: “I’m not going to answer such insulting slander by Jewish lawyers.”
Because of his refusal to answer the question, Hitler was fined by the court 1000 marks and was revoked of the right to take the stand.
The surprising newspaper headline: “Hitler is fined 1000 marks for insulting a Jewish lawyer”
Mindboggling. Particularly extraordinary considering the year, 1932, and considering that this was a newspaper in Israel, then not yet a State, and not yet aware of Hitler or the Nazi Party’s future influence.