BERLIN (May. 18)
Assertions that “contamination” of the German nation by Jewish blood is “far more profound than is generally realized” are being checked by a giant census of “people, professions and businesses.”
The poll, scheduled for a year ago and twice postponed because of the Austrian Anschluss in March 1928 and the Sudeten annexation the following September, presents interesting innovations. Besides the regular form, a special questionnaire must be returned to authorities in a sealed envelope. In it each person promises under the threat of prison to answer “according to his soul and conscience” whether his parents or grandparents were Jews or of mixed blood. Apparently high circles want to emphasize the extent and significance of Semitic blood in the German community, since the census proper reveals as Jews only those persons who adhere to the Israelite faith.