PRAGUE (Mar. 30)
The anti-Jewish boycott, which the Nazi leaders in Germany prohibited recently, is in full swing in the whole of Middle Franconia, it was revealed today when a special correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency returned from a tour of investigation through Bavaria.
In the Franconian region centered around Nuremberg, shops are prohibited by the Nazis from selling bread to Jews, who are starving as a result of the intense boycott and agitation against them. Jewish shops in the region have been compelled to display prominently signs reading, “Julius Streicher is right. The Jews are our misfortune.”
Anti-Jewish outbreaks similar to the pogrom in Gunzenhausen are occurring in the towns and villages of Middle Franconia. The outbreaks are attributed to the disappointment of the local Nazi zealots over the weakening of the anti-Jewish boycott campaign by the orders issued from Berlin.
At the same time Streicher, notorious anti-Semite and editor of Der Stuermer, most violent of anti-Jewish newspapers continues his heated agitation against the Jews. Thanks to the influence of Streicher. Nuremberg has become notorious for its anti-Jewish excesses in Hitler’s Third Reich.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent also learned the full story of the Gunzenhausen pogrom.
The affair began when Jews at the local inn were ejected. This seemed to have been a signal for the beginning of the pogrom. Attacks were immediately made on all the Jewish houses. The men were beaten and even the Jewish women were dragged out on the streets and mercilessly mishandled.
Jacob Rosenfela, twenty years of age, was found hanged to a garden fence, apparently murdered, not a suicide as previously reported. Max Rosenau, a man of sixty, was found with four knife wound in his heart, Although the local authorities promised a strict investigation, the pogrom victims were buried Tuesday. No attempt was made to punish the Nazi pogromists. The Jews of Gunzenhausen were so terror-stricken that they refused to furnish information on the pogrom.
The anti-Jewish boycott was proclaimed two weeks ago by the Hago, Nazi organization for fighting Jews in trade and industry, and headed by Streicher, The boycott was to have commenced on March 23 and continued until April 7. Even before the date on which the boycott was to have begun a survey made by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a number of German cities showed that the boycott was already in full swing, especially in Franconia, where the anti-Jewish agitation directed by Streicher reached an unbelievable pitch.
Nazi leaders in Berlin, alarmed at the progress of the boycott movement, which they feared would ruin the German economic structure, intervened and forbade the carrying out of the boycott. They also issued strict orders forbidding local Nazi leaders and groups from initiating their own campaigns against the Jews. Even Chancellor Hitler warned a meeting of Nazi governors of the various states that he would not permit local Nazis to exceed orders issued from the Berlin center.