London (Jun. 3)
Strong police reinforcements are to be stationed in London’s bomb-shattered East End every Sunday to cope with a rising tide of anti-Jewish propaganda, it was reported today by Reuters.
The report said that the authorities regard last Sunday’s riot at a pro-Fascist rally as the first indication that open fights between Jews and anti-Semitic elements can be expected. Fourteen men were arrested as a result of Sunday’s rioting which was the climax of six weeks intensive activity in anti-Jewish incitement through slogans and posters.
Fascist slogans and symbols–including the circle and flash, prewar emblem of the British Union of Fascists, and the letters P.J. (Perish Judah)–have been repeatedly chalked on the walls of bomb-damaged buildings, side-walks and even on individual houses of Jews or known Jewish sympathizers. A leaflet published by the National Council of Civil Liberties–a non-political organization–said that “anti-Semitic posters bearing the phrase “Wir Kommen Wieder” (We Shall Come Again), slogan of the present Nazi underground movement in Germany, appeared outside the Edgeware synagogue.
A local newspaper quoted membership leaflets of one of the pro-Fascist organizations as stating “we will operate against the forces of Jewry in the life of Britain and oppose the participation of any Jew in British public life.” A great number of copies of the “Mosley Newsletter” are sold on street corners. The publication features articles by Sir Oswald Mosley, former leader of the British Union of Fascists who was detained throughout the war.