Foreign diplomats here, particularly American representatives, instructed to watch whether or not Germany is discriminating against Jewish athletes in connection with preparations for the 1936 Olympic games, were studying closely today Chancellor Hitler’s declaration on the subject.
The declaration does not refer to existing restrictions against Jews but orders the sports authorities to select the best athletes for training for the Olympiade.
At the same time, the chancellor proclaimed that the erection of a huge stadium at Grunewald, seating 200,000 people, for the Olympic games, would provide employment for thousands. Since Jews are barred from the National Labor Front, no Jews can obtain employment on this project.
How Jewish athletes may train for the competition for selection on the German team remains a question since Jewish sports clubs are excluded from the sports associations. The Maccabee, Jewish sport association, and the Schild, sport organization of the Jewish war veterans, although permitted to exist, are unable to provide training and practice facilities for their members since they have been refused the use of fields and gymnasiums owned by the municipalities.
Der Angriff, Berlin newspaper closely associated with the Ministry of Propaganda, in an editorial today, asserts the willingness of the German government to amend sport regulations in order to meet foreign requirements.
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