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Yugoslavia Reported Planning Ban on Jews in Press, Radio

October 15, 1940
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The Yugoslav Government is preparing new anti-Jewish legislation which will ban Jews from the press, theater, radio and all professions in fluencing public opinion, according to an article today in the newspaper Ljubljanec, organ of Father Anton Koroshets, Yugoslav Education Minister.

The minister was the father of the first anti-Jewish law issued Sept. 27 which enacted a numerous clausus for Jews in middle and higher schools. Since then a second law has been passed removing Jews from the wholesale food trade as a “precautionary measure” to prevent possible anti-Semitic demonstrations in the face of the worst food shortage in many years.

Reports here said dissension prevailed among Yugoslav cabinet members over the Jewish issue. Some of them were understood to have threatened to resign if the government embarked on a large-scale anti-Semitic program.

Anti-Semitism in Yugoslavia is strongest in Slovenia, which was under Austrian rule before the Great War. It is less strong in Serbia and Croatia. Zagreb newspapers recently published articles disclaiming anti-Semitic feeling and declaring the numerous clausus which will be put into effect at the start of 1941 has no racial basis and was merely forced on the Croats by “political necessities.”

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