Jews are viewing the forthcoming plebiscite on the Saar with considerable apprehension. Should the vote go in favour of Germany, all that Hitler and his Nazis will promise is that for twelve months no inhabitant of the Saar will be subjected to discrimination on account of race, language, or religion. This sinister limitation rouses the fears of the friends of the Jews. This means, says the Jewish Chronicle, that the Nazi rulers are to have carte blanche to do as they please. They may carry their precious Aryan clause throughout the length and breadth of the Saar administration. They may turn Jewish professional men into the street. They may reduce the Saar to a veritable inferno of ferocious anti-Semitism on the Reich model, and there will be no one to say them nay. If the victims should want to leave the territory they will obligingly be allowed to retain or sell their belongings. They will even be able to take their removable property “free of any charge.” Flight is to be the only alternative to their passing into servitude under the Hitlerite whip.
- The Christadelphian, January 1st, 1935
The Nazi A.B.C. — Reproduced in The Teachers’ World are alphabet cards used in the kindergarten schools of Germany. They are among the saddest things we ever saw, comments The Children’s Newspaper, and proceeds: We are not sure whether A is still for Apple, C for Cat, and Z for Zebra in our kindergarten schools, but it will be something like that. It must have been the same in Germany before Hitler started turning even the children’s alphabet to the glory of war. But from now on at least some of the reading cards for German kind ergartens A stands for Airman, B for Bomb, C for Cannon. - The Christadelphian, April 1st, 1935
Germany and the Jews
That the official attitude of Nazi Germany toward the Jews is not shared by the German people as a whole is shown in incidental ways, and in the course of a general survey of the situation the Berlin correspondent of the News Chronicle writes:--
"Despite the official Party attitude it would seem that there has been a revulsion of feeling to the advantage of the Jews. Anti-Jewish sentiment, rooted in social and economic conditions peculiar to Germany, persists among a section of the middle-class, but it is less bitter than two-and-a-half years ago, when millions voted for Hitler on the assumption that the jews really were “Germany’s misfortune.” Now, as before, there is hardly a trace of anti-Jewish feeling in the working class. High army officers deplore the anti-Jewish outbursts. Germans of all classes ignore the ban on Jewish doctors and lawyers. Official statistics show that the 35 per cent. of Jewish doctors still admitted to State insurance practice in Berlin because of service at the front were consulted by 60 per cent. of panel patients. Military men in uniform are to be seen in the waiting-rooms of Jewish specialists. It is perhaps because the anti-Jewish campaign, in the form it has taken hitherto, has not met with the anticipated success that the Nazis have now decided on new methods."
A new and intensified campaign against the Jews of Germany is reported in the Manchester Guardian Weekly of July 26th, and the same paper has given many pages during the month to details of Jewish oppression. It also reports an ultimatum to the Catholic Church which is ordered to reverse its whole attitude to the Nazi State under severe penalties for refusal to do so. The police are instructed to proceed with the utmost rigour against Catholic activities that are suspected of being “inimical to the Nazi State.” - The Christadelphian, September 1st, 1935