Berlin (Aug. 21)
Despite the fact that Nazi governmental circles have officially denied to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports carried in the London Daily Herald that the Hitler government intends to carry out a new campaign of arrests and repressions against the German Jews following Hitler’s victory in the plebiscite, the feeling persists in Jewish circles that Germany will soon witness a widespread renewal of the anti-Jewish campaign.
It is held that the Nazis, in need of a scapegoat to explain the disastrous economic conditions of the country under Nazi rule, will make the Jews responsible for the economic ills of Germany.
Evidence of Jewish anxiety for the future is seen in the fact that fifty per cent of the Jewish population of Pomerania has asked for advice on emigration in the last three months. Most of the requests concerned emigration possibilities to the United States, Italy, Switzerland and Great Britain.
Recently it was announced that as a result of the large-scale removal of Jewish firms, the city of Frankfurt-am-Main was facing a desperate financial future. According to the report, an average of forty Jewish firms had liquidated monthly their affairs during the past year, while in the month of June, 1934, 120 Jewish firms gave up business.
Jewish fears are aggravated by the fact that many of the Jewish districts voted heavily against Chancellor Hitler’s seizure of the office of Reichspresident and combining it with the office of Chancellor. During the plebiscite campaign Nazis threatened that all those who voted “No” would be regarded as traitors to the German people. At the same time it appeared that orders were issued to tone down the anti-Jewish campaign in the Reich during the plebiscite drive.
Yesterday Chancellor Hitler. in a post-election address, declared that the Nazi party would now devote itself “to winning over” the ten per cent who had voted against the Nazi regime, “in typical Nazi fashion.”