Oswald Garrison Villard, writing in The Nation on what Hitler may do after regaining the Saar on March 1st, says.
As for the Jews, their plight is worse than ever, and Americans must not be misled as to this by the inability of our newspapers to print details. As one correspondent has pointed out, the Nazis have improved their diabolical technique and no longer allow as much news of their repressions to come out.
But we have recently received some facts in the report of the first year’s activities of the Jewish Central Committee in Germany, which was created in the summer of 1933. The committee estimates that 60,000 German Jews and 25,000 of foreign citizenship have left the country. About 2,000 Jewish civil employees of university training have been discharged, and about 4,000 Jewish lawyers have been ousted from the profession.
Some 4,000 Jewish physicians also have been forbidden to act as panel doctors, or have been discharged from positions in hospitals and public and private institutions. No fewer than 2,000 of these are now in need of charity.
Eight hundred Jewish professors have been expelled from the universities, practically all of the 1,200 journalists and writers have been discharged or forbidden to publish any work, and 2,000 Jewish actors, singers, and vaudeville artists are disbarred from earning a living. Some 35,000 Jewish employees of banks, business houses, and industries have applied to the committee for aid, together with 90,000 shopkeepers and other business men.
Yet Dr. Wilhelm Frick, the Nazi Minister of Interior, solemnly declares that “no Jew has a right to complain of unjust treatment in Germany.” The obvious and malign falsity of this statement is characteristic of the whole Nazi leadership.
THREE NOTED JEWS QUOTED IN TELEGRAM
The New York World-Telegram, in its symposium on the boycott question, publishes the following views of Dr. Stephen S. Wise:
Solution or not, however, it is Dr. Wise’s contention that the boycott was both inevitable and right. Furthermore, he is hopeful that “there must be millions of Germans who have come, through the consequences of the boycott, to understand that Nazi Germany rests under the disapproval of enlightened mankind. These millions will increase in number. They may yet become vocal and even potent in the determination of the issues of the Third Reich.”
Mr. Vladeck, explaining in the World-Telegram why the labor organizations in the United States are supporting the boycott against German goods, states:
“Labor knows that the first blast against the Jews is only the forerunner of a dark storm against itself, and that permitting a government to foster anti-Semitism is to strengthen a power that will crush labor. This is why in all countries today intelligent Jews march with labor, and why labor is the stanchest defender of Jewish and human rights.”
Mrs. Estelle M Sternberger, participating in the same symposium, is quoted by the World-Telegram as saying:
“The reason for any boycott of German goods is the natural reluctance of people to buy goods of an enemy. No patriotic American thought of buying anything ‘made in Germany’ during the years 1917 and 1918, and our business men did not find it very easy to overcome that feeling immediately following the war.”
BROTHERHOOD DAY OBSERVES OPPORTUNITIES
Opinion, monthly Jewish magazine published in New York, comments as follows on the announced “Brotherhood Day”:
Encouraged by the success of its initial attempt last spring, the National Conference of Jews and Christians has made plans for a second observance of Brotherhood Day the weekend of Washington’s Birthday. In view of such campaigns of hatred and bigotry as that recently announced by Congressman McFadden and similar movements elsewhere, this nationwide attempt to promote good-will between racial and religious groups comes most opportunely.