Berlin (Dec. 19)
The first official Jewish gathering in which uniformed Nazis participated, was held here when a mass meeting was arranged last night by the Berlin Jewish community to open the special campaign for winter relief. Three thousand Jews attended the meeting.
Representatives of the Nazi party sat on the platform with the Jewish leaders and applauded Dr. Heinrich Stahl, director of the Berlin Jewish community, when he urged the Jews to contribute to general winter relief. However, the Nazis on the platform did not applaud when Dr. Stahl expressed the hope that cooperation between the Jews and the Nazis would pave the way for a better understanding of the Jewish situation along other lines.
Uniformed storm troopers distributed subscription forms at the meeting, and succeeded in collecting several thousand marks in voluntary contributions.
The meeting last night marked the introduction of a house-to-house campaign among Jews, with part of the proceeds to go to the Jewish charities. One of the results of the meeting was the issuing of an order today enabling needy Jews to obtain kosher food when submitting their food orders to Jewish grocers. Another order, issued at the same time, enables foreign Jewish residents of Berlin to obtain relief. The distribution of cards to the needy has been entrusted to the charity department of the Berlin Jewish community.
The Frankische Volk, newspaper of Wuertzburg, sharply protested not only against Jews sharing in the winter relief but also against accepting contributions from Jews, since, the paper objects, the names of the Jewish contributors will have to be listed side by side with Aryans.
“We base our protest on public statements of our leaders that Jews are not part of the German nation, which is also shown in the Aryan clause,” the Frankische Volk declared.