Berlin (Apr. 23)
The first days of Passover have passed without any disturbances, much to the relief of the Jewish population, who had been apprehensive about the Hitlerist campaign in connection with the Parliamentary elections on Sunday. There was no specifically anti-Jewish agitation. As a precautionary measure, the police guards were reinforced during the time of the services in the neighbourhood of the synagogues in the Kurfuerstendamm district, where the worshippers leaving the synagogues last Rosh Hashanah were attacked by Hitlerist storm troops.
In Paderborn, however, where a young Jew named Kurt Meyer and his father are under arrest in connection with the death of a Christian servant girl named Martha Kaspar, who was in their employment (reported in the J.T.A. Bulletin of the 1st. inst.), the case is still being exploited in a ritual murder agitation.
The newspapers of the Centre (Catholic) Party are devoting their columns to showing up the absurdity of the ritual murder allegation, and the Nazi papers are retaliating by describing the Catholic papers as being in the pay of the Jews.
The Hitlerist paper “Stuermer” of Nuremberg (which distinguished itself some time ago by manufacturing a ritual murder charge out of the death of a student named Daube), has now taken up the Paderborn affair, and has to-day been confiscated for publishing wild statements about Jews having to use Christian blood for their Passover ritual.
The Paderborn Jewish Community has issued an official statement declaring that though the two Meyers were born Jews they have never had any contact with Jewish communal life.