Peddlers Curbed in Upper Silesia

Hundreds of Jewish families in Upper Silesia, where they have for many years earned their living by peddling, an occupation now threatened by discriminatory ordinances, have sent a delegation to this city to present their case to the central authorities.

During the German occupation, Jewish peddlers were prohibited in Upper Silesia. For years anti-Semitic organizations have waged a big campaign aiming at elimination of Jewish peddlers. As a result of their pressure, the authorities in Upper Silesia issued new license regulations seven years ago, but the Governor of Silesia intervened so that they were not put into force.

Recently the anti-Semitic organizations and shopkeepers held a conference of all districts in Upper Silesia, at which it was decided to enforce an old Prussian law which prohibits peddling in each locality separately by order of the local authority. As a result, many of the municipalities have prohibited peddling in their areas, and the licenses issued by the central authorities are practically useless.

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