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Goebbels Asks Papen Bluntly Whether He Conferred with Goldschmidt on Dissolution

A sensation was created at today’s session of the Reichstag Committee which is hearing the case for and against the legality of the recent dissolution of the Reichstag when Paul Joseph Goebbels, leader of the Nazi Party in Berlin bluntly demanded of Chancellor Franz von Papen :

“Did you declare to the Jewish banker, Jacob Goldschmidt, that you will not permit the Reichstag to pass a non-confidence vote and that you would dissolve the Reichstag before the vote?”

The Chancellor replied: “I refuse to answer whether or not I had any conversations with Herr Goldschmidt because it does not concern the evidence. In any case I did not tell any one about the dissolution.”

Adolph Hitler himself has publicly charged that Herr Goldschmidt conspired with Chancellor von Papen to prevent the Nazis from coming into power.

Party deputies, who opposed the motion to dismiss the Jews, later voted for the Nazi demand that a list of Jewish artists be drawn up.