Great resentment was expressed here today over the fact that a Swedish film, “Patterson Bendel,” was employed by the Berlin Nazis for anti-Jewish pogrom agitation.
It was during the snowing of this film in a Kurfuerstendamm moving picture house Monday night in Berlin that the Jews allegedly booed and made catcalls, evoking the wrath of the Nazis and thus bringing on the pogrom that raged all night.
Interviewed by the press here today, Valdemar Hammenhoeg, author of the film, denied that it is anti-Semitic and stated that it is purely entertainment. He is outraged by the Nazi misuse of the film, he declared.
A similar statement was issued by the producers of the film. The Dagensnhyeter, Swedish daily published here, prints a leading editorial today condemning the Berlin Nazis for employing a Swedish film to incite “Aryans” to a pogrom against the Jews. “The Swedish people resent this,” the newspaper says.
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