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Nazi Communique Announces Boycott of Jewish Businesses Throughout Country

March 29, 1933
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“Special committees are to be set up against Jewish enterprises in Germany as a reply to the boycott appeals of international Jewry,” runs a statement issued by the Nazi Party. This may be regarded as the opening of a definite campaign of reprisals for the Jewish protest movement.

Nazi troopers at Schwering, this afternoon forced Jewish shops to close down, going to the extent of forcing the owners to pay their employees two months’ salaries in advance, so that Germans, thus thrown out of employment, might not be left destitute.

At Gleiwitz, in Silesia, Nazi pickets prevented customers from entering Jewish shops; the regular police did not intervene.

At Essen, Duisburg and Bochum, Jewish department stores and the Epage stores, one-price establishments, were picketed by Nazi troopers, who prevented customers from entering.

In the Rhenish Palatinate, the Government, which is in the hands of the Bavarian Nazi Commissioner, has ordered the resignation by tomorrow, of all Jews holding positions of chairmen or committeemen of public, private, trade and vocational clubs and societies. In addition, the “Voelkischer Beobachter” confirms the details of the impounding of the banking accounts of the Jews of Landau in the Palatinate.

Closely connected with these events is the arrest of Kurt Loewenthal of the International News Service Bureau who is charged with spreading abroad accounts of mistreatment of Jews. Loewenthal is a Jew and a German citizen.

Continuing its policy of ousting Jews from the professions, there was a further dismissal yesterday of Jewish doctors from the Berlin hospitals.

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