The final chapter in the weird history of Dr. Joao Frederico Normano, former lecturer on South American economics at Harvard, and internationally kown economist was written yesterday when Judge Elisha H. Brewster ordered him discharged from custody.
This story, which assumed international importance opened in January 1933 when Normano was arrested in his Cambridge home on a complaint sworn out by German Consul Kurt von Tippleskirch, for implications in a Berlin swindle. Normano was identified by German authorities as Isaac Lewin who had promoted a $750,000 counterfeiting job in Germany and then field to South America.
The opinion of Judge Brewster in Federal Court brings about the freedom of Normano after many months of incarceration. The former Harvard lecturer was fighting deportation orders on the grounds that he would not receive a fair trial in Germany under the Anti-Semitic rule of Hitler.