Berlin (May. 10)
Confirmation of the existence of terror to drive Jewish proprietors out of business is seen today in the statements of Captain Hermann Goering, Premier of Prussia, announcing punishment of fighting units, especially middle-class trade organizations which have intervened illegally in the management of various enterprises. Simultaneously with this declaration of Captain Goering, however, additional announcements were made of the expulsion of Jews from business concerns. These show that Goering’s opposition is directed merely against independent acts by individual bodies, but that the Government plan for the elimination of Jews continues unrestrained.
Jewish bankers, until recently exempt from this drive, apparently are now to be accorded the same treatment. Otto Bernstein, co-proprietor of the banking house of Schlutow and Stettin, has been dismissed from his post. Erich Meyer, director of the Berlin Bourse, has been arrested for alleged irregularities. Herr Meyer was for many years manager of the Bourse office of the Dresdener Bank. Ludwig Freudenheim, director of the German Corn Trading Company, has also been arrested for alleged irregularities.
The police of Chemnitz have ordered all Jewish industrialists to appear at police headquarters twice daily to make certain that they do not close their factories and escape.
A noticeable drop in the Leipzig fur trade as a result of the Jewish anti-Hitler boycott has led the Nazi bureau at Leipzig to announce today that there was no intervention in Jewish business firms, particularly in the fur trade, and to offer assurances that Jewish clients at the fur market would receive the best of attention. The announcement stated that the Government’s measures were directed only against “corrupt” enterprises, irrespective of whether they were Jewish or non-Jewish.
Kurt Glaser, director of the State Library of Art, has been dismissed without notice at the orders of Bernhard Rust, Minister of Education for Prussia. Wolfgang Herrmann, custodian of the library, has also been discharged. Even the German press cannot refrain from expressing its regret at the dismissal of these two men, pointing to their outstanding achievements in the world of German art and their world-famous standard works on art.
Dr. Samuel Maiselish, Berlin correspondent of the Jewish Morning Journal of New York, has been released from prison and has returned to his home. Maiselish was arrested April 29 after filing a cable containing excerpts from a speech by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda.