BERLIN (Nov. 18)
An American Jew named Greentree was reported today held in the Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Greentree, who is 49 years old and a native of San Luis Obispo, California, was arrested Nov. 10 at his place of business and removed to the Alexanderplatz police headquarters. United States Consul Raymond A. Geist, who has been trying to secure Greentree’s release, has been promised “prompt action” by the police.
Following arrest of several hundred Jews in Frankfurt-am-Main on Wednesday, the Nazis today for the first time placed the Frankfurt Jewish Community under the direct supervision of the Nazi Welfare Organization. A few cases of releases from concentration camps have been reported. Among those released was Fritz Wisten, head of the drama department of the Jewish Culture League. His release follows Nazi insistence that the league resume its activities at the earliest possible date.
At least 8,000 Berlin Jewish families are facing the loss of their homes, Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ organ, Der Angriff, declares in forecasting virtual district ghettos in the city’s western suburb. Jewish shops will not be permitted to open to serve the segregated Jews, who will be forced to buy from “Aryan” establishments. Mass migration amounting almost to a third of Berlin’s Jewry will follow a decree, under preparation, removing Jewish tenants from protection of the tenancy laws.
Predicting rapid liquidation and “Aryanization” of two-thirds of Jewish retail stores, Der Angriff foresees further restrictive laws throwing Jews out of the wholesale and other Jews from business after the New Year. Jews must wind up their businesses by Jan. 1, 1939, with total payments to shops that are “Aryanized” to be kept as low as possible. Jews now held in concentration camps will be allowed “leave of absence” to enable them to liquidate their business.
Persons close to the Netherlands Government met at the Netherlands Embassy this afternoon to discuss plans for the emigration of German Jewish children. Attending the conference were private individuals from the Netherlands, legation officials and representatives of Jewish welfare bodies. The Netherlands has already announced willingness to house a number of refugees and it is believed that immediate results will be possible as soon as plans are formulated.