Sao Paulo, Brazil, (by air mail) (Jun. 18)
Local German firms have been so hard-hit by the absence of Jewish customers that they have appealed through the newspapers for patronage which was withdrawn, although no official boycott movement has been launched here. Virtually every Jew has stopped buying German goods and visiting German shops, which were formerly much patronized by Jews.
German stores of Rio de Janeiro have issued similar published invitations to the Jews of that city.
Your correspondent learns from a reliable source that the local German colony has offered a large sum of money to the influential local paper “Estada” on condition that it refrain from publishing articles against Hitler and his regime in Germany such as have been frequent in it of late. The editors and staff of the newspaper, avowedly friendly towards the Jews, will not permit any modification of the paper’s policy.
At the same time, an editorial in the first issue of “Homme Libre,” a new newspaper, declared that it is opposed to any form of racial hatred and made the point that the newspaper would fight determinedly against the launching of an anti-Semitic movement in Brazil.
The leading figures connected with the newspaper are well-known protagonists of the traditional Brazilian faction, which preaches absolute freedom of thought and religious conviction.