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Plot to Kill Jews in Sweden Revealed; Premier Condemns Nazi Ring

Police reported today that documents seized in a raid on an armed Nazi anti-Semitic sabotage and spy group included Nazi death sentences on Swedish Jewish leaders and detailed plans to annihilate Swedish Jewry. A statement expressing the Government’s reaction to the Nazi group, “deploring” its existence and terming the existence of a Nazi ring as “humiliating to all Swedes” was issued today by Prime Minister Tage Erlander.

The number of arrests in the police action rose to six today, including Bjoern Lundahl, Sweden’s top Nazi. The Egyptian Embassy here denied contacts with the Nazi group which had been reported by police in announcing the uncovering of the Nazi group. The Embassy official involved in the charges is now in Cairo and probably will not return since he would be liable to expulsion by Swedish authorities. More arrests were indicated.

The target of the death sentence was Bernard Tarschys, chairman of the Stockholm Board of Jewish Deputies, who was “convicted” of “Zionism, treacherous double loyalty, subversive propaganda and anti-Swedish activities,” police said. They found two caches of arms in the raid.

The plans for murdering all Swedish Jews provided for injections and burning of corpses on Stockholm refuse dumps. Other documents, including films and tape recordings indicated many years of systematic efforts at anti-Semitic indoctrination of Swedes, especially of youth. It appeared that a Hitler Jugend group directed by the Swedish Nazis operated as a sports club and thus received municipal subsidies.

The Israel Embassy has received anonymous anti-Semitic letters in recent years, apparently from the Swedish Nazis. The Svenska Dagbladet meanwhile reported that there had been systematic persecution and physical maltreatment of Jewish students from 1960 to 1962.

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