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Finland, Denmark Notified by Berlin to Introduce Yellow Star for Jews

The governments of Finland and Denmark have been officially informed by the German government that they are expected to “rapidly” introduce anti-Jewish measures including Yellow Stars, in accordance with their adherence to the anti-Comintern pact last week in Berlin, it is reported today in the Swedish liberal newspaper Eskilstuna Kuriren.

Resenting the Nazi pressure, the Swedish newspaper says: “The idea that Danes and Finns should introduce a Yellow Star for Jews constitutes a challenge to the Nordic sense of honor and justice. Common decency still reigns in our part of the world.”

The paper reveals that the governments in Helsingfors and Copenhagen “are surprised” at the reminder from Berlin of their obligations. It adds that they have both declared their policy towards the Jews as remaining unchanged. “Germany has, however, a different view on the matter,” the article comments.

The Danish newspaper Faedrelandet which reached here today carries a front-page article by Harald Henricksen quoting the official German Statement that “all states joining the anti-Comintern pact must decide the Jewish problem one way or another.” The article urges the Danish authorities to deal with the Jews in a radical way. “Gentle restrictions against Jews are worse than no restrictions,” Henricksen writes.

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