U.S. Governor in Munich Calls German Anti-semites “depraved”

The American Military Governor in Bavaria, Murray Van Wagoner, today described anti-Semites in Germany as “depraved” and “carrion-like.” He said that the anti-Semitic letter published this week in the Sued-Deutsche Zeitung here, which expressed regret that all Jews had not been gassed by the Nazis, libeled the whole German people, Reuters reported.

Leaders of the central Jewish Committee today conferred with Maj. Abraham Hyman, deputy adviser on Jewish affairs to the American Military Government, on the clash which took place between German police and displaced Jews who demonstrated against the newspaper in which the virulent anti-Jewish letter was published. The Jewish representatives proposed that American military police should in the future deal with disturbances involving displaced Jews.

“We would rather be clubbed on the head by American military policemen than be kissed on the cheek by German policemen,” says a statement issued by the Jewish Central Committee following the conference with Maj. Hyman.

The Jewish Community of Berlin today issued a call for a protest meeting next Wednesday against the German police action. The purpose of the mass meeting is to organize a campaign against renewed outbreaks of anti-Semitism in Germany, the announcement said.

In his condemnation of the anti-Semitic letter, Gov. Wagoner said in party “The world is critically watching events in Germany and will be quick in fastening its attention on any indication pointing to a resurrection of anti-Semitism. The men behind it all over the world form only a minority which can be rendered harmless by the force of reason and decency, and kept in the gutter which is their proper place.”

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