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Slovakian Jews Threatened with New “cleansing Measures;” Blamed for Loan Failure, Trade Fall

A session of the Slovak Cabinet heard the Jews blamed for failure of a loan for relief and for the “catastrophic position” of Slovak spas, according to reports today from Bratislava. Propaganda Minister Sano Mach reported to the Cabinet that Jews had boycotted the loan, intended to be used to purchase food for needy Slovakians, and declared that “the Jews will have to bear the consequences of the boycott insofar as the Government, after this experience, will have to carry out further cleansing measures against Slovak Jewry.”

Hlinka Guardsmen had visited Jews’ homes, forcing occupants to subscribe to the loan. Despite this measure, the loan was virtually a failure, only 36,000,000 Reichsmarks having been subscribed.

Considering the falling off of trade at nine spas, the Cabinet attributed the decreased business to a “boycott by international Jewry.” The statement was made despite the fact that Jews are prohibited from visiting the watering places.

Meanwhile, it was reported from Prague that the Association of Foreign Correspondents was being reorganized and would henceforth be included in the Berlin Press Chamber as a branch for the “protectorate.” While the “Aryan paragraph” will not be introduced, thus technically permitting Jews to be members, actually no Jewish foreign correspondents remain in Bohemia-Moravia, all having gone abroad.

The Hairdressers’ Union in Pilsen has excluded all Jewish members and has prohibited employment of Jews as assistants. The union has also announced that Jews are banned from visiting hairdressing establishments in the Pilsen district, except for special branches to be opened for Jews.

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