Reich Jewish Merchants Protest Labor Front Drive

A delegation of Jewish business men formally complained today to the Reich Ministry of Economics against the German Labor Front’s campaign to force Jews out of commerce and industry while Labor Front representatives were receiving instructions on a drive to eliminate Jews from banking and insurance.

The Jewish delegation, charging terrorism and repression were being used against them, submitted a detailed list of cases, including the names of officials involved. They declared that the campaign violated Chancellor Hitler’s warning to Nazis against individual actions to force Jews from commerce.

A number of Jews owning large enterprises in the provinces arrived here to seek legal advice and assistance against the Labor Front’s activities.

Meanwhile, following a bitter attack by Robert Ley, head of the Labor Front, on Jews in the fields of insurance and banking, officials of the front received instructions for a campaign against them.

“The Jewish question must be taken up immediately in all banking and insurance enterprises,” the instructions stated. “The question must be brought to the fore without ambiguity and must be completely solved, for contact with Jews in any enterprise, whether bank or insurance office, is inadmissible. The Jew is in these fields, as in politics, an alien who must be eliminated.”

Addressing a conference of 300 Labor Front officials last night, Mr. Ley declared: “The Jewish boycott is bitter and serious, but we will never capitulate. The fight goes on; our nation is ready. Your enemy is the Jew; your enemy is the Bolshevik. We will never yield.”

With the drive against Jews in commerce continuing, the move to purge jurisprudence of Jewish influences was spurred by instructions issued by Hans Frank, Nazi Commissar for Justice, to the Ministry of Justice to compile a list of Jewish authors of legal works in accordance with the decision of the recent conference on Jews in jurisprudence.

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