Reich Awaits Simon Visit for Draft Action
Menu JTA Search

Reich Awaits Simon Visit for Draft Action

Download PDF for this date

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today from authoritative sources that reports stating Jews are to be excluded from the general conscription to the German army are nothing but trial balloons turned loose by the Nazi authorities to see how public opinion abroad will react.

The decision, as to whether or not Jews are to be included in the army will not be made by the Nazi Cabinet prior to the expected Berlin visit of Sir John Simon, the British Foreign Minister, it was stated today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent.


The situation as far as accepting Jews into the German army is not entirely hopeless as yet, it was explained, though it is considered to be very difficult.

The Jewish War Veterans’ Association, which has access to the German military authorities, today again made official inquiries as to whether Jews would be barred from the conscription under the “Aryan” paragraph. The reply this time was that the conscription is to be “a general one,” implying that there is no reason for Jewish anxiety.

The representative of the Jewish war veterans then expressed the hope that the military authorities would take into consideration the loyalty with which the Jews fought in the German ranks during the world war and the fact that more than 12,000 Jews fell as war heroes on the German front.


The future of German Jewry in connection with the growing anti-Jewish discriminations was discussed today at a special conference of the leaders of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Prussia. It was pointed out at this conference that the number of German Jews has gone back to the figures of 1890.

The conference has decided to cut down the administrative machinery of many Jewish communities in Prussia and to revise the

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund