The German press embarked on a Roman holiday today with the Jews and things Jewish as its targets. Aaron Sapiro, New York lawyer; Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, member of the British House of Commons, and the Juedische Rundschau, organ of the German Zionist organization, provided the incentive for a series of anti-Jewish blasts.
The arrest of Mr. Sapiro on an indictment returned in Chicago gave the Berlin newspapers a welcome opportunity to denounce the Jews. “American Jewish Leader of Anti-German Boycott, Confederate of Al Capone, Arrested.” was the headline on the story which appeared on the first pages of many papers.
The Hugenberg newspapers, which also featured the story, devoted many columns to an exhaustive resume of Sapiro’s famous libel suit against Henry Ford.
Referring editorially to the case, the Lokal Anzeiger declares “Such are all Jewish leaders who are fighting Germany abroad.”
The Voelkischer Beobachter, official Nazi organ, featured today a report of Commander Locker-Lampson’s address to the House of Commons Wednesday in which he advocated extension of Palestine citizenship to Jewish victims under the headline, “Einsteinish Jewish Theatre in British Parliament.”
Commander Locker-Lampson is accused by the paper of having brought Professor Albert Einstein to the House when he delivered his speech, to stage a performance in the interests of publicity for himself in the foreign press. Professor Einstein was an interested spectator in the visitors’ gallery of the House when Commander Locker-Lampson spoke.
In addition, the paper bitterly denounces the British parliamentarian on general grounds.
The Juedische Rundschau was violently attacked by the Voelkischer Beobachter for publishing an obscure item, in small type, on the decision not to admit Jews to the soap exhibition to be held in Berlin in the autumn. The Nazi organ did not deny the truth of this report but declared the soap manufacturers are fully entitled to boycott the Jews if they desire.
“But how,” rhetorically asks the Beobachter, “dares the Juedische Rundschau to publish criticism of the will of the nation?”
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