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“fine” on Jews Hits “aryans”; Fund Shortage Forces Shutdown of Berlin Jewish Hospital

December 11, 1938
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“Aryan” creditors of Jews are facing considerable losses as result of a Finance Ministry decision that the “fine” levy constitutes a first lien against Jewish property, taking precedence over private debts. The order permits appeal to the Ministry in certain cases.

The directors of the Berlin Jewish Hospital posted notices today that the hospital will shortly be liquidated for lack of funds. The money shortage was created by the closing of Jewish businesses. Collection of the $400,000,000 “fine” levied against the Jews in reprisal for the assassination of a German Embassy official in Paris has also resulted in a drastic curtailment of supported emigration. Scores of penniless Jews, even those holding passports and visas, are unable to leave Germany because the Hilfsverein is unable to supply them with money for transportation and other needs.

While the Berlin Jewish Community is still able to carry on limited welfare work in the shape of soup kitchens and doles, no Jewish welfare work whatever is being carried on in Dresden, Chemnitz and elsewhere because of complete lack of funds.

A new decree has ordered dismissal of all Jewish accountants by the end of the year. Alfred Hirschberg, editor of the C.-V. Zeitung, has been released from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

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