BERLIN (Mar. 23)
For the first time since the Nazi regime entered into power more than a year ago, Adolf Hitler personally intervened to prevent local Nazi groups from adopting measures against Jews in trade and industry.
The Chancellor assembled the Reichsstatthalter, the Nazi-appoint- chief executives of the various German states in a meeting and ordered them to prevent arbitrary steps by isolated Nazi party organs and officials government bodies in economic and financial matters.
He informed the meeting that the Reich Ministers for Economics and Finance were the only competent authorities to deal with economic and financial policies, while the president of the Reichsbank, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht was the only competent authority for dealing with currency and banking problems.
Local authorities in the states and local party organizations, the Chancellor continued must from today on desist from issuing decrees on financial and economic matters, unless previously sanctioned by the central authorities.
DRIVE GOES ON
Nevertheless, the anti-Jewish trade boycott continues unchanged. In Upper Franconia. anti-Jewish posters are being shown everywhere, especially in Nuremberg, where Julius Streicher, notorious anti-Semite, publishes Der Stuermer.
However, the central authorities have succeeded in preventing the boycott against the Jews from spreading to other parts of Germany.
The seriousness of the situation may be gathered from the state of mind of the German Jews, who had originally intended to set apart April 1 as a fast day to commemorate the unhappy events of the past year. This however, was found to be impossible since April 1 coincides with the second Passover seder, when fasting is impossible, according to the Jewish religion. One year ago the Nazis carried out on that date a nation-wide one-day boycott of the Jews of Germany.
GAIN “MORAL STRENGTH”
The All-German Jewish Representative Body, the central organization of German Jewry, issued a call to all Jews to recall, during the Passover celebration the gravity of the past year and thus “gain moral strength.”
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today the government is preparing a decree for regulating agricultural training which will make it possible for young Jews to obtain this training. Authorities have been instructed not to make distinctions in agricultural training between “Aryans” and “non-Aryans.” The decree is being drafted and it is understood it will be issued shortly.