Berlin (Oct. 20)
A new policy by which the German press will abstain from publishing any news that could possibly be used for Jewish propaganda abroad was ordered today by the German authorities. This will put an end to the occasional stories in the Berlin and provincial papers about anti-Jewish events and discriminations.
The new policy is due to a desire on the part of the German government to create the favorable impression abroad that, despite the fact that Germany left the League of Nations, there are nevertheless no further discriminations against the Jews and that Germany is well disciplined internally.
Today’s Illustrierter Beobachter, supplement to the Voelkischer Beobachter, leading Nazi paper, attempts to substantiate this illusion for foreign consumption, devoting five pages of pictures of unmolested Jewish life in the cafes, restaurants and resorts.
The policy of muzzling the press, the omission of Jewish news and the misrepresentation of Jewish life in Germany through false photographs does not, however, prevent the government from carrying on its anti-Jewish policy; no longer publicly, it is true, but the new policy is far stricter in nature. The Jewish war veterans, for whom exceptions were made up to now, are the victims of wholesale dismissals. This week Jewish war veterans who were employed in the courts were unlawfully dismissed despite their war decorations. The excuse given was that the government machinery must now cut expenses and the Jews must therefore be the first to be dismissed. According to the government order, the dismissals are necessary because, “after all, Aryans are more entitled to remain than Jews.”
The Thuringian Minister of Education has issued an order that the books of foreign Jewish authors which have been translated into German must not be sold any longer. Similarly, books by German Aryans written in the “Jewish spirit” are also banned.
A long list of foreign authors now banned was sent out on the order of the Minister of Education, stressing that no matter what the value of the books named, they must be prohibited. The order also instructs the prohibition and sale of scientific books written by “liberals and pacifists and containing democratic Jewish tendencies.”