BERLIN (Jul. 9)
Two significant orders issued by high Government officials gave indication today that elaborate preparations have been completed for an intensified anti-Jewish drive to get under way immediately after the Olympic Games have been held.
The Minister of Propaganda and Enlightenment, Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels has proclaimed a pause in the Nazi propaganda within the Reich, this period of grace to last from August 1 until September 9, between which dates the Olympiade and the Nazi Party’s annual convention will have been held.
The proclamation explains that the pause is to give party propagandists an opportunity to prepare for “the greatest propaganda drive they will be required to conduct after the Olympiade and conclusion of the annual convention of the Nazi Party.”
At the same time Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, Minister of Economics, has issued instructions that reveal a plan, effective October 1, to centralize the entire commercial life of the Reich under compulsory totalitarian control of the State.
According to this plan every industrial and commercial enterprise, even retail stores, must become a part of the new economic machine.
Should Jewish firms be barred from this new set-up, as they are now barred from professional associations, they’ll be virtually isolated from the Reich’s economic life. They may even be exposed to the danger of losing their trade licenses, since the granting of licenses may be contingent on membership in the new organization.