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‘good’ Jews Disown ‘rootless’ Refugees

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The Union of Nationalist German Jews has issued the following statement:

“Dutch papers report that a German weekly, Freie Presse, is to appear shortly in Amsterdam to ‘war against Fascist Germany’. The contributors include people who while they were in Germany systematically disrupted Germanism and for twelve years fought for that reason against the Union of Nationalist German Jews, men like Georg Bernhard, Professor Gumbel, Arnold Zweig, Lion Feuchtwanger, Alfred Doeblin, Egon Erwin Kisch, Max Brod. It is anticipated that the Dutch Government will prohibit this paper under the regulations prohibiting political activity by immigrants. It is planned in that event to publish it simultaneously in Prague and Vienna.

“The Union of Nationalist German Jews wishes now to enter its vigorous protest against this activity by cowardly runaways who have fled where they cannot be held to personal account and are obviously indifferent to the consequences of their actions to those Jews who remain in Germany. The Union of Nationalist German Jews feels that it is justified in making this declaration because these people belong to that type of Jews who have no roots, and whose attitude while they were in Germany provoked the indignation of the people, justified insofar as it was directed against these individuals, and shared by German-feeling Jews themselves, but unfortunately it has recoiled also against those Jewish Germans who feel themselves inseparably one with Germanism.”

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