ZURICH (Feb. 15)
Alleging that Jews in Benghazi persecuted the Italians there when the city was held by the British forces, the Rome radio today broadcast a violent anti-Jewish attack in the Rumanian language apparently aimed at strengthening the anti-Semitic propaganda which the Axis is now conducting in Rumania, with a view of blaming the Jews for the shortage of food there and the large number of Rumanians killed on the Soviet front.
In its broadcast, the Rome radio told a story of how a Palestinian Jew named Geil was appointed civil commissioner of Benghazi and how he and the local Jews were “entrusted with the persecution of Italians, committing all kind of crimes.”
At the same time, the Voelkischer Beobachter, Hitler’s chief organ, commenting today on the speeches delivered at the recent annual conference of the British Zionist Federation in London takes the opportunity to unleash another violent front-page attack against Jews. Citing the demand voiced at the conference that the economic reconstruction of the Jews in Europe and the settlement of Jews in Palestine should be included in the war aims of the United Nations, the Voelkischer Beobachter states that this demand is “proof” that the Jews are preparing themselves for “domination in Europe” in case of a victory for the democracies.