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Hitler Orders Razing of Old Synagogue in Munich

June 12, 1938
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Chancellor Hitler, after an inspection tour of Munich, yesterday ordered demolition of a synagogue which is one of the most famous landmarks in the city, the Daily Telegraph reported today, adding that the razing of the building had already begun.

The rabbi of the congregation was given a few hours’ notice, the report said, and hundreds of members of the Jewish community worked throughout the night to remove holy scrolls and other property. The correspondent understands that the Nazis offered a small sum for distribution among needy Munich Jews for compensation for the synagogue, which is valuable freehold property.

The laborite Daily Herald declared today in an editorial on the extension of the Nuremberg racial laws to Austria: “It would be horrible to see perverts and maniacs compelling such suffering and unhappiness, but when men inflict such cruelty and think themselves grand fellows for doing it– that is the saddest sight of all.”

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