Berlin (Feb. 17)
Skilfully manoeuvering not to contravene the press curb decree, which invokes severe punishment for attacks on established religions and religious communities, the Nazi press nevertheless manages to publish anti-Semitic articles, anti-Semitic slogans and caricatures of Jews as part of its election campaign.
This vigorous pressing of the anti-Semitic issue adds to the fears of the Jews that after the election, the Nazis, who now confine their efforts to bringing about the expulsion of the Jews from civil offices, will employ more direct methods against them.
The Nazis will bring about the prohibition of Schechita, the Jewish traditional method of slaughtering animals for food, throughout the country, and will impose special taxes on Jewish warehouses, after the elections are over, it is feared.
This demonstrative legislation against the Jews, it is believed, will be invoked in an effort to satisfy the followers of the Nazi Party, in the event that the larger economic program of Hitler will be held in check by the Nationalists in his cabinet.
The Nazi Storm Troops have been ordered to refrain from direct attack upon Jews and Jewish property. But this order is valid only for times of peace and the present disturbed mood offers no guarantee that the Jews will be safeguarded, is the opinion expressed, particularly in view of the unceasing Nazi press campaign against the Jews.
Characteristic of the method employed by the Nazi press to avoid infringement upon the press curb decree, is the device employed by today’s “Voelkischer Beobachter.”
The paper carries a streamer headline declaring “Threats from Jewry; Jews Wish Hitler Same Fate as Chancellor Haman.” The paper then proceeds to relate how 75,000 Persians were exterminated by the Jews, and draws the conclusion that the Jews seek to put an end to Hitler, from a feuilleton which appears in the “Israelitisches Familienblatt.”
The Jewish paper points out that by a coincidence the German elections, set