Berlin (May. 15)
A plan to expel Jewish barbers and tobacconists from their positions was initiated here today. The move against the Jewish barbers was introduced under the pretext of “hygienic control” giving Nazi commissars both the power and opportunity to shut down “undesirable” shopsâ€”meaning Jewish.
At the same time, the Union of Tobacco Retailists resolved to prohibit the trade by Jews of cigars and cigarettes at retail.
A new strike broke out in the offices and plant of the Ullstein firm, one of Germany’s greatest newspaper publishing organizations, when a majority of the Jewish employees who had been dismissed on Nazi demands suddenly returned to work because a consultation following their discharge ascertained that, in accordance with the Government decree regarding civil servants, they belonged to non-dismissable categories such as war veterans and prewar employees.
The management of the concern welcomed their return gladly since in their absence, there had been a noticeable let-down in the work. The Nazi employees, however, vigorously demanded the departure of the Jewish workers, and when this was not acceded to, they called out a Nazi storm brigade which surrounded the Ullstein offices and forced every Jewish employee to leave. The Ullstein newspapers, consequently, were delayed in reaching the streets.
The Nazi cell is now considering a plan for the Nazification of the Vossische Zeitung and the Frankfurter Zeitung, only two national newspapers in Germany which as yet are not completely under Nazi control. Both papers have been leading Democratic organs.
SAYS JEWS PROVOKE ATTACKS
Admitting that uniformed Nazis are still beating up Jews in the streets of Berlin, the Arische Rundschau, a leading Nazi party organ, in a lengthy article, claims these Nazi acts are due to “Jewish provocations”. Under the sub-heading “Jews Provoke Our Storm Troops”, the paper claims that any Polish Jews who have been beaten by Nazis obtain free tickets to Poland from the Polish consul here. Many Jews, therefore, provoke the Nazis to beat them, in order to avail themselves of this Government service, the paper asserts.
It has lately become a usual occurrence for Eastern Jews, particularly Polish Jews, to behave provocatively in the streets, this paper charges, until Nazi patience is broken down. When the Jews are beaten, they immediately rush “with swollen faces” to the Polish consul where they are given free tickets to Poland.
The paper ignores, of course, that the majority of the Jews who have suffered beatings up at the hands of the Nazis do not escape with swollen faces and that their injuries are usually far more serious. In fact, the paper comes to just the opposite conclusion, saying “the Jews utilize everything to gain a material advantage.”