Berlin (Mar. 10)
The safety of the life and property of the Jewish citizens is legally guaranteed to all who are loyal to the Government,” declared Minister Goering to representatives of the Central Union of the German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, Dr. Brodnitz and Dr. Wiener, who had called on him, states an official communique issued by the Government here.
The communique adds that Goering confirmed that in the course of the search of the Union’s offices, no proof had been found that the Union was in any way connected with Communist aspirations.
Although this is the second statement of the kind issued by Minister Goering within a week, it is the first time that the contents have been officially reproduced in Germany. Indeed, it had been pointed out by the “Judische Rundschau,” official organ of the German Zionist Federation, that it had become a practice of the German Government to issue abroad reassuring official statements which were not reproduced in the German press.
Nevertheless the anti-Jewish boycott agitation which commenced sporadically, shows signs of spreading to many parts of the country. The fact also that there is no real definition of authority as between the regular police and the Nazi troopers makes it next to impossible for sufferers to secure immediate protection.
Nor has the situation been improved by the fact that all the 17 German States are now controlled through Nazi police commissioners.
The most serious incidents in connection with the boycott agaitation during the past 24 hours have occurred in places as far apart as Berlin, Magdeburg, the Chemnitz district, and Kassel.
In Berlin the use of loudspeakers has become a regular feature of the campaign. Loudspeakers were erected outside the shop buildings and Nazi announcers shouted incessantly to the large crowds that had assembled: “Germans, buy only from Germans.” Nazis also hoisted Swastika flags over the Tietz department stores and Woolworth’s in different parts of the city, as well as over the huge department store known as Kaufhaus des Westerns. Police eventually succeeded in restoring order and in preventing the spread of the disturbance at these places.
In other parts of Berlin the agitation led to rowdyism and the throwing of missiles.
In the Grenadierstrasse, the Jewish quarter of Berlin, Nazi crowds assembled and with the use of loudspeakers bellowed “Don’t buy from Jews.” The tumult produced a panic, leading to the hurried closing of the Jewish shops. Police interference fortunately prevented any mishandling of the Jewish inhabitants of the neighborhood.
At the Tietz branches in the Leipzigerstrasse, Bluecherplatz, Koenig-