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The outstanding event of the week as far as Germany is concerned was the dorder issued by Minister of the Interior Dr. Willhelm Frick notifying officials throughout Germany that the socalled Aryan clause under which Jewish officials were dismissed from goverment was not intended to be applied to the field of commerce. The decree made goverment officials in every part of Germany responsible for the carrying out of the order not to apply the Aryan clause to Jews in commerce. The decree to is regarded as a victory for the section of the cabibet headed by Minster of Economic Kurt Schmitt, which has insisted on more liberal treatment for the Jews declaring that the expulsion of the Jews from trade would disrupt the economic system . . .

However, a day or two after the order not to molest the Jews was issued, Nazi party organs which have in the past nullified every effort of Minister of Economic Schmitt by instructing Nazi party officials to ignore the orders issued by the Ministry of Economics took the same stand toward the order issued by the influential Nazi chief, Dr. Frick. The effect of the Frick order was also blunted by outspoken anti-Jewish speeches by Adolf Hitler and by new dicriminations against the Jews . . .

Nazi papers announced that a Brown Fair would be held in the important commercial center Bremen and all Jews prohibited from selling goods there . . . The Free City of Danzig came under complete Nazi control when the Nazi dominate Senate appointed a ocmmissioner to take over the functions of the city coucil which was anti-Nazi . . . All children in the Thuringian primary schools must produce certificates proving that they are Aryans. Failure to produce such certificates means that the chidren will not be permitted to enter higher schools . . . Von Stephani, leader of the Stahlhelm, war veterans organization, was ousted by the Nazi for having ordered the damission of distinguished Jewish war veterans in the organization . . . The Nazi foreign propaganda group issued a proclamation to Americans urging them to put the Jews lower than the Negroes . . . German Jewish banks will no longer be allowed to call themselves Volksbanks under a new ruling . . . A list of 206 distinguished German Gentiles formerly members of the German Pro-Palestine Committee was issued as a “black list” by the Propaganda Verlag for the avowed purpose of stimulating anti-Simitism in Germany . . . After a raid on the Stettin lodge of the B’nai B’rith, the property was confiscated and turned over to the local Nazi party organization despite the fact that nothing incriminating was found . . . Berlin courts held that a Jew was unfit to be the guardian of a Christian child . . . Goebbels, Reich Propaganda Minister, declared in a speech before the Reichskulturbund that there was a posibility of excluding Jews from various phases of German life under a ruling probibiting the unfit even if the Aryand clause could not be invoked. He stated that he considered Jews unfit to administer German Kultur.


The interest of the Jewish community in Palestine is still centered on teh long drawn out hearing of the case of the three Revisionists accused of the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff. Abdul Mejid, Arab convict, who first confessed that he had committed the murder, later recanted and when placed on the witness stand related how two of the defendants, Abranham Stavsky and Zvi Rosenblatt, approachedx him in the Jaffa jail and offered him £1,000 if he would sya that he dilled Dr. Arlosoroff. He also said that they offered a fellow Arab convict £500 to substantiate the story. Abdul declared that he had not been in Jaffa in years . . . The Palestine government has appointed a comission of three memn to consider the feasibility of introducing an income tax in Palestine . . . Reports from Tel Aviv indicate that 1933 was a boom year for Jewish industry in that town. A labor dispute in Petach Tikvah between the Revisionists and the Laborites was settled through arbitration after clashes had occurred between the two groups and a number of arrests made by the police.


Eight Endek students who participated in a demonstration against the Pilsudski government which wound up by attacking Jews on the Warsaw streets were sentenced to serve one month each in jail . . . A proposal by a Polish deputy to impose educational tests upon all merchants was seized upon by the Endeks as occasion to demand that schooling. Since Jewish schools are not recognized this would give the Endeks an opportunity to demand the ousting of Jews from business.


George Bratianu has organized part of the Liberal party in Rumania into an outright anti-Semitic political group . . . Soviet newspapers ridiculed the appeal of the Polish Agudath Israel against alleged religious persecution in the Soviet Union . . . The Soviet Union mourned the death of the three airmen who were killed after a record breaking stratosphere flight. One of them was a Jew . . . The Amsterdam newspaper, Het Folk, declared that Gerneral Sherrill and the American Olympic Committee had been deliberately misled by the Nazis and that German Jewish athletes haven’t even the ghost of a chance of participating in the 1936 Olympics . . . After an election meeting called by the E. E. E., Greek Nazi group, anti-Semites demonstrated in the streets of Salonica against the Jews. The demonstrators were were charged by the police and dispersed.


Over 300 pounds of anti-Jewish anti-Catholic Nazi literature was seized on the North German Lloyd freeighter Este in New York herbor. Customs officials who made the search held the chief cook on charges . . . Congressman Dickstein announced that he is seeking grand jury indictments against a number of leading propagandists in the United States . . . He also announced that he has evidence in his possession on the activities of the Silver Shirts in connection with the Nazis . . . In a vigorous speech denouncing anti-Semitism and racial bigotry, Senator William H. King of Utah, speaking before the twenty-fifth annual convention of Hias, declared that he favors action by the United States in behalf of the persecuted Jews of Germany . . . 15,00 delegates at a conference in the Hotel Pennsylvania pledged support for the $ 2,000,000 campaign for the settlement of German Jewish refugees in Palestine.

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