Central Union Issues Statement Denying Excesses As “pure Inventions”; Denials by German Mercantile C

The Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith has issued a statement regarding the reports of anti-Jewish excesses in Germany, published in the foreign press. The statement runs:

“According to accounts in the German press, certain foreign newspapers are spreading reports to the effect that the mutilated bodies of Jews are repeatedly found at the entrance to the Jewish cemetery at Weissensee near Berlin; that Jewish girls have been herded in the public squares, and that hundreds of German Jews are reaching Geneva, nine-tenths of whom, including numerous children, have been seriously injured.

“All such reports are pure inventions. The Central Union declares emphatically that German Jewry cannot be made responsible for these inexcusable distortions which are deserving of the severest condemnation.

“For a number of weeks the German people has been undergoing an upheaval of great dimensions. There have been acts of political vengeance as well as reprisals against Jews. The Reich Government declares that it has successfully endeavored to restore order speedily. The Chancellor’s order to refrain from individual acts has had its effect.

“The anti-Semitic aims in the various fields of life and commerce which are showing themselves certainly fill us with grave concern. While opposing them the Central Union regards them now, as before, as a German domestic affair. We are, however, convinced that equality of rights for German Jews, earned by them in war and peace alike, by their sacrifice of life

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