Mexico Mourns for Jews of Europe; Labor Unions in 13 Countries Proclaim Stoppage

All Jewish business establishments throughout Mexico were closed this morning from 10 o’clock until noon to protest against the Nazi extermination of Jews in Europe, while the entire month of December was proclaimed as a “month of mourning” by central Jewish organizations here.

Posters all over Mexico City called upon Jews and non-Jews to join in today’s demonstration of protest which was sponsored jointly by Jewish groups and Mexican anti-Fascist organizations. The United Women’s Organization of Mexico has announced preparations for a special protest demonstration of women.

Vincente Lombardo Toledano, head of the Latin-American Federation of Labor, today announced that workers in thirteen south and Central American countries will stop work for fifteen minutes this coming Friday in protest against the Nazi massacres of Jews. This decision follows an appeal to the Labor Federation by the Jewish community here which has also asked President Camacho to voice the Mexican Government’s protest.

The “Free German” organization in Mexico which is backed by all German anti-Fascist groups in Latin America, today called upon the United Nations to broadcast an appeal to the people in Germany urging them to compile lists in factories, homes and in the armed forces of the names of all these guilty of the crimes against defensless Jews “against the day of reckoning.”

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