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Berlin, Preparing for Olympics, Removes Last Anti-Jewish Signs

April 9, 1936
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Last of the red-painted signs announcing that "Jews Are Our Misfortune–Whoever Buys From Jews Is A Traitor" were removed today from all public places in Berlin.

Removal of the signs is part of a movement recently inaugurated to eliminate all outward manifestations of anti-Semitism in this city in preparation for the Olympic Games next Summer.

In furtherance of this movement, copies of Der Angriff, official Nazi organ, have replaced Der Stuermer, rabidly anti-Semitic weekly published by Julius Streicher, in the Stuermer’s special display boxes. Recently posters advertising Der Stuermer’s virtues were removed and replaced by signs stating that "Our Desire is Peace."

Indications that this movement is only temporary and does not mean the anti-Jewish campaign has been permanently abandoned are contained in the Nazi newspapers. The Voelkischer Beobachter, Fuehrer Hitler’s paper, publishes a new attack on Jews in connection with the financial irregularities recently uncovered in the affairs of the Phoenix Life Insurance Society of Austria.

The Beobachter gives prominent display to the story from New York that Charles Ornstein had been expelled from the American Olympic Committee because he fought against American participation in the Olympics. The paper comments that the committee’s preparations for the games can now proceed undisturbed.

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