London (Jul. 1)
The gruesome details of how German-Jewish refugees have been lured back to Germany with the promise of freedom and then arrested and sentenced to terms in prisons or concentration camps upon their return were related in today’s Manchester Guardian.
The newspaper stated further that leaders in the fur business in London are greatly perturbed over the Nazis’ treatment of German-Jewish fur traders who escaped to England, Paris and Warsaw from Leipzig. A few weeks ago these refugees received offers from Nazi headquarters in Berlin to return to Leipzig, where they were promised freedom from molestation and help in their efforts to restore equilibrium to the dilapidated German fur trade. Many accepted the “kind” offer of the Nazis and returned, whereupon they were immediately clapped into jail after being sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. They were charged with organizing their industry outside of Germany.
At a result of this brutal treatment of German-Jewish fur merchants a conflict is looming between fur traders elsewhere and the Hitler government.