BERLIN (Dec. 13)
The United States was asked today to raise a huge loan to finance mass resettlement of German Jewry in an article published in the Jewish News Page which threw further light on the Nazi Reich’s formula for solving the Jewish emigration question. The news page, a single weekly sheet which is the only Jewish paper permitted to appear since the Jewish press was banned last month, is being increasingly considered the mouthpiece of Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels.
The article attacked as dangerous and ineffectual the present system of infiltration of immigrants and urged colonization in “newly developed territories” where there is no unemployment and where newcomers would be able to prove their worth as pioneers.
“We hear repeatedly strong assurances of the good will of the United States,” the paper said. “In our opinion this great, rich country should be the first to construct, by a single financial transaction, the possibility for German Jewry to emigrate. Instead of support of individual immigrants an attempt should be made to raise a fund large enough to ensure a foundation for German Jewry’s existence.”
THE ARTICLE ADDED THAT THE LOANS SHOULD BE REPAID WITHOUT INTEREST BY THE IMMIGRANTS.
Meanwhile, it was revealed today that Jews who have already emigrated are not exempt from the 20 per cent tax on German Jews’ fortunes to raise the billion-mark “fine.” The Finance Office is empowered to collect the fines from Sperrmark accounts of the emigrants, it was stated.
(The German Economics Ministry issued a decree forbidding German or stateless Jews leaving the Reich after Jan. I to take any objects except those necessary for strictly personal use, the Associated Press reported. Such goods and household effects cannot be taken out of the country without a special permit.)