Berlin (Dec. 29)
circular letter denouncing the practice recently instituted by provincial banks of withdrawing credit from all Jewish firms was issued to-day by Minister of Economics Schmitt.
Provincial German banks are forcing Jewish firms to repay loans before they are due under the threat of forcing them into bankruptcy. Minister Schmitt pointed out that differentiation being made by banks between Aryan and non-Aryan enterprises was just as harmful as the boycotting of the Jewish stores or the refusal to accept advertisements of Jewish concerns.
“All my instructions prohibiting diff###tion between Jewish and A###n firms applies equally to credits,” the letter stated.
The partial resumption of purchasing goods in Jewish stores, begun by many Germans as a result of Minister Schmitt’s orders, has caused Nazi officials and the Nazi press openly to threaten any one dealing with the Jews.
The Regensburger Beyrische Ostwacht, a Nazi paper, issued a warning to those spotted by Nazi pickets entering Jewish stores that they will be treated as non-Germans. The Nazi publication featured a slogan used by the Nazis in boycotting Jewish stores, “Tell me with whom you deal and I will know who you are.”
Another newspaper, the Eschweger Tageblatt, published the appeal of the local Nazi commissioner, which reads: “A swindle has been perpetrated from Jewish quarters making it appear that patronizing Jewish stores is permissable. I warn all those dealing with Jews that they will be expelled from the National Socialist movement. Nazis buy in German stores only.”
In the little municipality of Lindau local authorities have prohibited Jews from participating in any bazaars held there
The government of Essen ordered publishers of calendars and almanacs not to mention the Jewish holidays in their publications.