Mass-expulsion of Jews from Berlin Stopped Following Industrialists’ Protests

The mass-expulsion of Jews from Germany to Poland was temporarily stopped this week and the synagogue on Levetzovstrasse in Berlin which was used as an assembly station for the deportees was re-dedicated for religious services, as a result of strong protests of German industrialists against the Jewish deportations, it is reported today by the Berlin correspondent of the Swedish newspaper Social Demokraten.

The correspondent predicts that in the long run the scarcity of labor will take preference in Germany over anti-Semitism. He relates how leading German industrialists insisted that the authorities halt evacuation of Jews because the half trained Balkan workers imported to replace skilled Jewish laborers were not able to perform their assigned work.

“The defiant attitude taken by the industrialists resulted in Jews, who were already in trains ready for deportation, being taken off and sent back to the factories,” the correspondent reports. Deportations of Jews, he adds, are still continuing, but on a very small scale and with only one assembly center at the Witzleben railway station near the exhibition grounds at Charlottenburg.

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