Johannesburg (Oct. 28)
An appeal urging Jewish leaders here to drop the organized boycott of goods made in Germany was voiced by Minister of the Interior Hofmeyer in a speech here Saturday.
Declaring that anti-Semitic propaganda was causing the government grave concern, Hofmeyer revealed that the introduction of legislation designed to safeguard the interests of the country would be one of the steps the government may soon take to combat the difficulties anti-Semitism has raised.
Speaking of the boycott, Hofmeyer said no government can view an organized action of that nature without concern.
“Individual action is one thing; organization and threats are another,” he asserted.
He expressed the hope that the Jews would help restore joint mutual tolerance of Jews and Germans in South Africa, adding that in his opinion both sides were at fault and the Jews had by their own actions helped to aggravate matters.