Danzig (Jul. 9)
A number of Jews were attacked on the streets here today for allegedly failing to salute Nazi banners.
These street attacks are occurring here with increasing frequency and indicate the intensification of anti-Jewish feeling in the Free City.
Resentment because of the difficult economic situation here is being fanned by Nazi anti-Semites into a flame of anti-Jewish feeling. Jews are generally blamed by the Nazis for the deflation of currency, which they themselves engineered.
PRESS LAUNCHES DRIVE
Headed by the anti-Semitic paper Vorposten, the entire local press has launched a bitter campaign against the Jews, blaming the economic distress of the Danzig populace on “Jewish Capitalists” and “Jewish Usurers.”
About six weeks ago the Jewish Community of Danzig protested to the League of Nations against the acts of the Nazi-controlled Senate of the Free City. In a petition to the League Council, the Jews demanded that nine unconstitutional laws affecting the rights of the Jews in Danzig be abrogated, that changes be made in the Danzig administration to prevent anti-Jewish discrimination in the future, that adequate protection be given for all citizens of the Free City against defamation, and that strict measures be taken to halt the anti-Jewish boycott propaganda in Danzig. Although the president of the Danzig Senate declared that the Danzig government stood ready to repeal its anti-Jewish legislation if it was found to be unconstitutional, no efforts have been made in fact to curb the anti-Jewish activity in the Free City.
On the contrary, there is every evidence that the Senate is adhering to its policy as set forth in its reply given to the League of Nations. The Senate stated: “The Jewish situation in Danzig is growing worse because of the attitude of the local populace towards the Jews. It is not the task of the government to combat this attitude.”
Leaders of the Jewish Community here are very much alarmed over the situation which is daily growing worse.