Geneva (Jul. 2)
The Swiss government today officially banned the sale of Julius Streicher’s anti-Semitic weekly, Der Stuermer.
The Allemane, Nazi publication appearing near the Swiss frontier, and Reichsdetsche, the organ of the Germans living in Switzerland, were also prohibited.
According to the official order these three papers may no longer be sold in any part of Switzerland.
This act by the Swiss government follows directly on Germany’s prohibition of the Basler Nachrichten, a Swiss newspaper, from being circulated in Germany.
Relations between Switzerland and Germany have been considerably strained. The tension became all the greater, when a few months ago, Berthold Jacob, a German-Jewish journalist seeking refuge in Switzerland was kidnaped, beaten unconscious and frisked across the Swiss border into Germany by Nazi agents. The Swiss government made protestations to Germany and to the League of Nations, and finally Germany had to back down and agree to submit to a trial of the case at the World Court at The Hague.
Ever since there have been a series of reprisals and retaliations between the two nations. The Jewish issue has figured prominently, with Switzerland refusing to tolerate anti-Semitic propaganda from Germany.
Only two days ago, the Stuermer was banned from the streets of Zurich.