Berlin (Jun. 17)
For the first time in the history of the Nazi government an appeal was made to the German Jews when a Saxon Minister of State admitted publicly that the recent severe drop in industry here was due to the insecure position of Jewish firms.
Saxony’s Minister of Economics issued an official communique to the press today in which he stated: “It has recently come to my notice that numerous industries dealing with non-Aryan retailers and wholesalers have noticeably declined. Many of these industries are receiving no orders at all for their products. Thus various industries have dismissed their workers, and have curtailed production.
“Non-Aryan firms explain that they are not placing orders due to the depression and to their fear of further offenses on the part of the Reich government or local governments. I therefore assure non-Aryans that such fears are baseless.”
The statement to the press by the Minister of Economics for Saxony followed yesterday’s revelations in the press, reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, that there was growing unemployment in Germany since the Nazi government came to power. The papers claim that the fear of Jewish wholesalers and retailers in Saxony were unfounded, but the C. V. Zeitung, organ of the Central Union of German Jews, insisted that “this sense of insecurity was based on facts every child knows.”