Berlin (Sep. 16)
The Government heartily deplores the acts of brutality which obviously were deliberately committed on one of the most solemn Jewish festivals, and all measures will be taken in order to prevent a repetition of these shameful occurrences and to bring the culprits to speedy and just punishment, Dr. Abegg, the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior, Herr Severing, who is now abroad, and Ministerial Director Dr. Klausner, declared to-day to a deputation consisting of Dr. Julius Brodnitz, the President of the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, Dr. Alfred Wiener, Syndicus of the Central Union, Dr. Reichmann, the Syndicus of the Berlin the area of the Central Union, and Herr Wilhelm Kleemann, the President of the Berlin Jewish Community, which they received at the Ministry of the Interior in the absence of the Minister, on whose behalf they spoke. The conversation turned to a large extent on the unfortunate effect which the excesses created in political life both in the country and abroad.
The Berlin Police President, Herr Albert Grzesinski, who is a former Minister of the Interior in Prussia, and the Berlin Vice-President of Police, Dr. Weiss, who is himself a Jew, also received Dr. Brodnitz, Herr Alfred Wiener, Dr. Reichmann, and Herr Kleemann, and assured them that the complaints which have been made against the police are unjustified. The police did not delay, they said, and were on the spot as soon as possible after the alarm was received, and acted firmly and vigorously, as was shown by the numerous arrests which were made. On the basis of the experiences obtained in the outbreak on Rosh Hashanah, the deputation made several suggestions to the Police authorities of what they thought should be done to prevent a repetition in the future, and the Police President assured them that these would be carried into effect as far as possible.
The Police President pointed out that the synagogues themselves were carefully guarded on the days of the Jewish New Year by strong patrols of police, and that no one had been molested in the vicinity of the synagogues. Measures would be taken, he said, to provide adequate protection for the worshippers in the synagogues on the forthcoming Jewish festivals, and there was no ground for any anxiety on the part of the public.
The police feel themselves strong enough, he declared, to be able to deal at any time with the instigators of disturbances. Of course, he added, it is impossible at such disturbed times as now to be always on the spot whenever anyone is being attacked, but if the police are given the alarm in time they will always be able to cope with the trouble and put a stop to it successfully.