This information, which Weickum said he merely passed on as a friendly tip and which was interpreted by the reporters as an open threat, was the result of a special conference held recently by the executives of the. German lines at which the Jewish press was discussed at considerable length.
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When pressed for specific examples of the alleged untruths with which the Jewish newspapers were being charged, Weickum declared that he or the line’s executives “couldn’t put their fingers on them at the moment.”
Weickum then reminded the reporters that the privilege of boarding the German liners, or any other liners at quarantine, was extended merely as a courtesy, which could be discontinued at the pleasure of the steamship company.
Asked whether that meant that the German lines were planning immediate action to keep Jewish press representatives off their boats, Weickum said that he didn’t know. He intimated that he had advised his employers against any such drastic action and that he was merely telling the reporters what he had been told and that they could place any interpretation upon it they chose.
Later, on board the Europa, the representatives of the Jewish press were treated with every courtesy.