Polish Minister in Berlin Submits Note on Attacks on Polish Jewish Citizens

The Polish Minister in Berlin has submitted to the Foreign Office in Berlin an Aide-Memoire, detailing a number of cases in which Polish citizens have suffered material loss and physical hurt during the present German disturbances.

The document, which reserves the right of the Polish Government to submit to the German Foreign Office a demand for damages, deals exclusively with attacks on Jews.

Following are some of the cases typical of those enumerated in the Aide-Memoire:

In Berlin: on March 4th at 6 a.m. Izrael Weiss, residing Dragonerstreet 10A, threatened with a revolver, was ordered to leave his house and was conducted to a garage at 56 Prenzlauer Strasse by men calling themselves members of the National Socialist Party. In the cellar of the garage Weiss was beaten with rubber black-jacks and his passport and ring were taken away from him. At the Police Station the passport and ring were taken away from him and he was kept in the Police prison until Monday, March 6th, 2 p.m.

On March 6th, at 3 p.m., Abraham Leib Mittelman was stopped at the Branderburgischestrasse and was conducted by men dressed in uniforms of Schoch troops of the National Socialist Party to the kitchen of a nearby restaurant. Threatened with a revolver he was ordered to drink some indefinite fluid and when he refused to do so, was beaten on the head and back. As a result of that beating Mittelman is unable to work.

On March 7th Rabbi Mosiek Chaskiel Rottenberg, residing at Weisenberger-strasse 6, was aroused from his sleep at 3 a.m. by men who called themselves members of the Auxiliary Police and who, unable to penetrate into the apartment, fired three shots into the window of Rottenberg’s bedroom.

On March 9th Hilel Cehlbaum, residing at Muenzstrasse 16, was attacked in the Cafe Sachs, situated at the Schoenhauser Tor, was severely beaten up and 850 Marks were taken away from him. On the same day, at 6.15 p.m., Aaron Lizband, residing at Grenadierstrasse 31, was attacked on the Linienstrasse and he and his parents were severely beaten up. Upon order of uniformed men he was compelled to close his store.

Nuchim Salomon Hillman, residing at Linienstrasse 146, was attacked at 7 p.m. in a Coffee House at 32 Grenadier-strasse. He was beaten up by eight men in uniform.

At 7:30 p.m., Janka Panner and her husband, residing at 32 Kaiser Wilhelm-strasse, were attacked and beaten up with rubber black-jacks by uniformed men under the threat of a revolver. Panner was compelled to give up his portfolio containing 850 Marks and various documents.

Chemnitz: On March 4th, windows were broken in the stores of David Federmann, 116 Theaterstrasse; David Kaufmann, 7 Annestrasse; Simon Klein, 36 Wiesenstrasse; Brzezinski, 17 Logenstrasse and Leo Inwald, 74 Schopauerstrasse.

Magdeburg: On March 8th, at 11 p.m., several men, some of them in uniforms, penetrated into the hotel belonging to Homza Brzostowiecki, situated at 2A Brandenburgerstrasse. Firing revolvers they attacked the guests in the hotel’s restaurant, beating them and wounding with a knife Brzostowiecki’s daughter, who tried to call the police. She was pulled away by force from the telephone. The furniture in the restaurant and the windows were broken and serious damage done.

Plauen: On March 8th the following were hurt; 64 years old Heinrich Klein, Moritz Klein, Milewski, Heinrich Segal, Isaak Segal, David Segal, Szulem Kucinski.

On March 10th, Menasche Dorembus, 13 Reichsstrasse, was arrested.

The document concluded with the request that the German Foreign Office should see to it that competent authorities issue orders for the discovery and punishment of attackers as well as the prevention of such incidents in the future.

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