Nuremberg, Germany (Jul. 25)
Grave charges that Jews in this city contemplated a plot against the Nazi authorities were made today by Julius Streicher, Hitlerite leader. Herr Streicher said this was the official reason for the arrest of more than 300 Nuremberg Jews last Thursday. All the Jews who were arrested have been released by this time. They were taken by Storm Troopers to the Nazi barracks on the outskirts of this city and questioned for more than five hours.
Neither the Jews arrested nor the Nazi authorities concerned in the case were willing to disclose to a special correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency the details of the interrogation. Nobody would even say how the arraignment was conducted.
RAIDED JEWISH HOMES
Simultaneously with the arrests last week, Nazi authorities raided and thoroughly searched a number of houses owned by some of the richest and most prominent Jews here. In spite of the official Nazi explanation that searchers had actually found hidden anti-government literature, it was reliably ascertained that in reality nothing incriminating was discovered.
Most of the Jews who were arrested had not even a remote connection with politics. All were merchants. They were arrested simultaneously throughout the city at a prearranged signal, and even though they resided in distant parts of Nuremberg the Nazi plan worked to perfection.
The mystery regarding the real reason for the mass arrests has not yet been solved. One of the official versions of the case given by the Nazi authorities denied that 300 Jews were arrested and asserted the number was actually only 160. According to Herr Streicher, the Nazis only arrested the most prominent Jews in Nuremberg. Herr Streicher denied that the Storm Troopers raided the synagogue here.
“No Nuremberg Jews have been harmed or will be harmed, although personally I have no love for Jews,” he said.
Herr Von Obermitz, another local Nazi leader, informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency special correspondent that quantities of anti-German literature, printed originally in France, were found in the home of Dr. Leo Feuchtwanger here. Herr Von Obermitz, however, admitted, when pressed for further details, that the propaganda dated back to pre-war times and was in no way connected with the present anti-government literature being circulated in various sections of Germany. Dr. Feuchtwanger, who was released from the Nazi barracks at the same time the other Jews were set free, declined to discuss his arrest with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency special correspondent.