Berlin (Dec. 9)
Suspicious that his transfer from Franconia to upper Silesia is only a manouver to shift him out of his stronghold, Julius Streicher, notorious Jew-baiter and Nazi overlord of Franconia, refused to accept the position of governor of Silesia, to which he was appointed two days ago by Reichsfuehrer Hitler, it became known here today.
Joseph Wagner, Nazi governor in the Ruhr, was therefore given the post of deputy governor for Silesia until the conflict between Hitler and Streicher will be settled.
Rumors reaching Berlin today from Nuremburg state that one of the principal reasons why Streicher declined the governorship of Silesia is that he felt he would not be so free in his Jew-baiting activities in Silesia as he is in Franconia. Since Streicher’s political career was built chiefly on his mania against the Jews, he was said to fear that his position would be greatly weakened in administrating Silesia, where Jewish minority rights have to be observed by the Nazi government under existing international treaties with the League of Nations and Poland.
It was understood here today that the incident of Streicher’s refusal to follow Hitler’s order