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German Minister of Interior Takes Steps to Curb Nazi Anti-jewish Boycott Agitation

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Minister of Interior Dr. Franz Bracht took steps today to curb the anti-Jewish boycott propaganda of the Nazis, after he had received representations from the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith.

Dr. Bracht ordered the state governments to enlist the assistance of the police to combat the propaganda and to halt the distribution of boycott leaflets in front of Jewish shops. This latter effort has been undertaken by the Nazis in an effort to prevent non-Jews from purchasing in Jewish shops.

Dr. Bracht stated that the Nazi agitation against the Jews is disturbing to peace and order in the country and causes damage to the Jewish citizens of the land.

The Nazi boycott propaganda has made serious inroads in Jewish business in Germany which is particularly serious in the provinces.

The Nazi fraction in the Diet of Hesse today protested against the action of the police in Hesse in curbing the Nazi boycott campaign.

The Hessen Minister of Interior replied that this action was being taken because the agitation has resulted in repeated disturbances and gas bomb attacks such as those which occurred in Giessen and Mainz. For this reason the Federal government has forbidden the boycott agitation.

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