Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Today -100: August 24, 1916: Of rationing, war treason, polio, and Jews


Germany will extend meat rationing to the entire country. 250 grams per week. Reports in Britain claim that there are hunger riots in Hamburg. In Berlin a woman who stole two loaves of bread because she was hungry is found not guilty of failing to leave behind ration coupons, the court ruling that coupons are only required for legal commerce. She still goes to jail for the theft.

Karl Liebnecht appeals his sentence for “war treason,” so his sentence is increased to 4 years, with deprivation of civil rights for 6 years.

New York department stores are refusing to accept returns of children’s clothes, toys, etc, because of polio.

Russia plans to give Jews equal rights when the Duma reconvenes in November.


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