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Reich Bans Swiss Youth Clubs

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The Ministry of Interior today ordered the dissolution of non-Nazi youth organizations in the district of Baden, striking at a number of Swiss youth hiking clubs. The action was regarded as the first reprisal against Switzerland for the banning yesterday of the Swiss Nazi organization.

In attacks on the action of the Swiss Federal Council in the newspapers today unconcealed fear was expressed that Switzerland’s example might be emulated in other countries.

Led by Reichsfuehrer Hitler’s Voelkischer Beobachter and Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ Der Angriff, the Nazi newspapers assailed the Swiss Government, charging the Federal Council with “submitting to the Jewish influence.”

The papers denounced Switzerland for “condoning the assassination,” of Wilhelm Gustloff, head of the Swiss Nazi organization and for “desecrating the grave of the victim.”

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