Munich (Dec. 1)
Dr. Philip Auerbach, Commissioner for Jewish Affairs in the Bavarian Government, has attacked Munich’s mayor, Karl Scharnagl, for a statement that Bavaria owes the displaced Jews nothing because they were not the victims of the Nazis but of Poland.
In a letter to Scharnagl whose remarks appeared in a local newspaper, Dr. Auerbach pointed out that the Nazis were the original oppressors of the Jews and that they had instilled an active anti-Semitism in every occupied country of Europe. He asked whether Scharnagl sought to defend the Nazis and whether his views represented those of the Christian Social Union Party, of which Scharnagl is a leader.
At the same time, Dr. Auerbach called for an official investigation of the return of a country estate by Scharnagl to Ludwig Angerer who had a Nazi Party card numbered 44. (During the Nazi regime persons who held cards numbered up to 1,000 received special privileges as members of the “Old Guard.)
The Munich mayor had publicly offered the explanation that the estate was returned to Angerer so that it could be used as a German Government reception house. Dr. Auerbach charged that the official reason was merely window dressing.
The Office of the Victims of Fascism of the Bavarian Government has offered a 5,000 mark reward for the arrest of persons who painted swastikas on a memorial tablet in a synagogue in Aschaffenburg.