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Reprisals Against Reich Jews Feared over Aid to Britain in Palestine

September 6, 1939
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Jewish circles today feared serious reprisals against the Jews in Germany, particularly Zionist leaders, as a result of the formation of a Jewish legion in Palestine to aid Britain.

Indications of serious developments were seen in:

(1) German broadcasts last night and today emphasizing an alleged nation-wide wave of serious indignation in the Reich;

(2) The prohibiting of telephone communication between Berlin Jewish organizations and other countries.

A broadcast from Cologne this afternoon reported outbreaks of violence by Jews against Germans in Palestine. The broadcast asserted that mobs from the all-Jewish city of Tel Aviv destroyed the whole German colony of Sarona and that the leader of the colony, Wuertemberg, was forced to escape in an Italian airplane.

The Berlin telephone exchange, while accepting ordinary calls from the Netherlands, although subject to delay, officially confirmed that telephone connections with Jewish organizations were not allowed. Such contacts had been possible until last night.

Efforts to communicate with the Reichsvereinigung des Juden in Deutschland, central organization of Reich Jews, and with Jewish individuals in various German cities by mail and telegraph have been fruitless since Sunday. The Netherlands press carries no news of the situation of the Jews in Germany.

(The above dispatch was sent from Amsterdam directly to New York by radio. Telephonic and telegraphic communications between Amsterdam and London and Paris having been disrupted, the dispatch had to be relayed from New York to London for distribution to other points.–Editor)

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