the Jews in Germany declaring that they refuse to obey German laws, but “act on their own laws.”
At the same time the paper voiced the opinion that even “gleichschaltung” would not dispose of the Jews in commerce, but that this process “must be followed by ‘nachschaltung’” and the process of driving the Jews out be finished.
On Friday the same paper devoted most of its space to listing all the Jewish firms in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, and Frankfurt-am-Main and called for the fullest boycott of all Jewish business. The lists are published under a banner line reading “Avoid Jews; Don’t Be Traitors.”
Dr. Schmitt, long an advocate of easing up restrictions against the Jews, resigned after suffering a complete nervous breakdown. Ever since his appointment as Minister of Economics, Dr. Schmitt, said to be identified with the leading German industrialists, fought a bitter battle against Nazi zealots who were intent on ruining the Jews, even if by so doing they dragged down German industry.
Time and again restrictions against the Jews were withdrawn after protests by the Minister of Economics. Dr. Schmitt not only fought for his ideas in the Nazi cabinet, but was compelled to wage continuous war against provincial Nazi organizations and leaders, who frequently announced that they would pay no attention to the orders of the Minister of Economics, but would continue anti-Jewish measures no matter what the consequence.