Melbourne (Feb. 24)
The German Consulate in Sydney today denied the charges made against it of financing anti-Jewish propaganda in Australia in connection with the government elections next Saturday.
The charges against the German Consulate were made after scurrilous leaflets had been distributed in the districts of St. Kilda and Caufield warning the population there against voting for Jewish candidates. The leaflets also urged the boycott of Jewish firms.
The entire Australian press accused the German Consulate of having a hand in the distribution of these leaflets. The Star, an influential newspaper, is especially angered by the fact that the Nazis are planting their anti-Semitic propaganda in Australia, where Jews are considered equal citizens.
The Australian authorities have instituted an investigation to determine to what extent the Nazi propaganda against the Jewish candidates for government offices have been financed from German sources.
M. Michaelis, Jewish candidate from St. Kilda, issued a statement alleging evidence that the Nazi propaganda in connection with the election campaign is being financed by Berlin.