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Jews in Czech Protectorate Fear for Live As Anti-semitic Propaganda Rises

Acting apparently under orders, the entire Nazi-controlled press in former Czechoslovakia together with the Nazi-dominated Prague radio today increased their anti-Jewish incitements to a paint which indicates that Jews in the Czech Protectorate are in serious danger.

The violent anti-Jewish campaign was proceeded by sweeping anti-Jewish decrees issued yesterday in Prague by Reinhard Heydrich, deputy leader of the Gestapo who was recently appointed by Hitler as “Protector” of Bohemia and Moravia. All orders which exempted certain categories of Jews from wearing the yellow Mogen David were voided.

Joining in today’s anti-Jewish attacks were the newspapers Prazsky List, Narodna Politika, Ceske Slovo, Vecerni Slovo, Moravaka Orlice and other publications. Articles appearing in these papers predicted that “within a few years no nation in the world will tolerate the Jews in its midst” and continued to accuse Jews of being responsible for the present growth of restlessness in the Protectorate. These charges were echoed by the Prague radio in justifying Heydrich’s order closing down all synagogues. The principal demand advanced in the anti-Jewish articles was the establishment of a “Jewish reservation” similar to the reservation which was planned in the Lublin district for the Jews of Poland.

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