Berlin (Jul. 5)
Berlin city of rumors as a result of the rigid censorship clamped down everywhere, hummed today with reports of a new pogrom against the Jews in the Silesia area. A definite campaign of agitation against the Jews was, however, under way here.
A new program of incitement against the Jews tonight took the form of blaming them for the French-von Schleicher “conspiracy.” Jews were accused of fomenting the “plot” and a certain well known German-Jewish journalist now in Paris is charged with having been the go-between for General von Schleicher and the French government.
This story is being widely circulated despite the emphatic denial of the French embassy that the French government was in any way involved in any conspiracy.
The sole basis for reports of a pogrom in Silesia apparently was official word that three men and a woman had been slain “for attempting to escape” while in custody in Silesia. The names of the victims were not made public and there was no indication given as to whether the victims had been Jewish.
INVESTIGATION UNDER WAY
Diligent investigation by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency failed to reveal any further information substantiating the belief that a pogrom was under way. The strict censorship and the grave difficulty in communicating with the provinces, however, makes it impossible to state definitely what the exact situation is.
(The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported from London that dispatches to the press there refer to the victims only as Germans.