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The most intensive police campaign against Jews in the Old Reich since 1933 was apparently under way today with wholesale arrests of Jews reported from many sections of the country. There is reason to believe the round-up will continue at least for a week, with the new concentration camp at Buchenwald near Weimar in prospect for many hundreds.

So far police activity has been reported from Essen, Koenigsberg, Breslau and numerous small provincial centers. A transport of prisoners was reported to have left the Alexanderplatz police headquarters in Berlin today for the Buchenwald camp. It was Learned that persons arrested were examined medically to establish their fitness for hard labor.

The drive does not appear to be aimed against Jewish leaders or capitalists, but offers a ready parallel with the mass arrests which terrorized Austrian Jewry. The Vienna police district commanders had apparently been given quotas of arrests to fill within a specified time.

Berlin Jewry fears that “Viennese days” have come to the capital to stay. The writer today witnessed a remarkable demonstration of the panic which has gripped German Jewry. a score of Jews quietly drinking coffee near the Oliaerplatz suddenly left the cafe in haste, some not even stopping to pay their checks. Inquiry revealed that someone had hinted that police were in the neighborhood.

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