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Police Protect Goebbels Party

June 14, 1934
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Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, arrived here this afternoon by airplane to deliver at the University of Warsaw a lecture on the aims and purposes of the National Socialist movement. Goebbels was accompanied by a party of German officials and Nazi journalists. The entire party was heavily guarded by Polish police because of the storm of protest and indignation which the announcement of the visit had aroused.

Precautions taken by the police against disorders attendant on demonstrations against the visit of Hitler’s aide included the closing of the public parks. Labor organizations attempting to distribute anti-Hitler proclamations in the streets of Warsaw found themselves prevented from doing so by the police, who rushed all distributors of the leaflets off the streets.

Headquarters of the labor organizations and of the Jewish youth groups, including the Zionist youth organization, were occupied by police guards to prevent any massing of groups for demonstrations.

Protests against the appearance of Goebbels, nevertheless, took many forms. The League for the Rights of Man made public a resolution against the visit of Goebbels “at a time when the Hitler movement here is raising its head in imitation of the German example.”


Jewish intellectuals who had been sent cards of admission to the lecture followed the example of Jewish newspapermen in returning the cards to the sponsors.

The Jewish newspapers of Warsaw adopted a unique form of protest. All came out with one page entirely blank except for two strongly anti-Hitler slogans blazoned across the full breadth of the page. The remainder of the space in the papers was devoted to articles describing Nazi atrocities in Germany and reviews of the actions of the Nazi regime there.

The papers aroused much comment by republishing an article denunciatory of the Hitler regime written a year ago by Dr. Thadeus Zeilinski and originally published in the Naszprezeglad. Dr. Zeilinski, a professor at the University of Warsaw, is president of the Polish branch of the International Union of Intellectuals, the organization sponsoring the Nazi propaganda chief’s lecture.


Coincident with the visit of Dr. Goebbels, the National Polish Lawyers Association, which is affiliated with the National Democratic party (the Endeks), announced in the Gazeta Warszawa today that it will commence a blacklisting of Poles retaining Jewish attorneys to represent them.

The association, in a public appeal, urged the elimination of Jewish lawyers from practice at the bar in Poland.

Premier Kozlowski, who was today to have granted an audience to members of the Club of Jewish Deputies in the Sejm with reference to the wave of excesses committed by the National Radicals (Naras) against the Jews, announced that he was unable to receive the Jewish deputies and would receive them Monday.

Although the police announced that they had closed the Nara headquarters in the Prowonzki district where the Naras had been very active, the Sztafeta, Nara newspaper, today denied this. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency established that the Nara organization is opening other headquarters in the district.


The police today summoned all members of the Central Committee of Revisionists, a Zionist group, and of the Brith Trumpeldor, Revisionist youth group, and cross-examined them about organization of a Jewish self-defense unit to protect the Jews from Nara attacks. To date, although the government promised to suppress excesses by the Naras and to protect all parts of the population from illegal attacks, the interest of the police has been centered about equally on the Naras and preventing the Jews from adopting measures for their own protection from the hoodlum bands of Nara youths.

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