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Jews Removed from Public Life in Denmark

Werner Best, Reich Commissioner in Denmark, released this statement at 07:00 hours on October 2, in Cable no. 1189, Paragraph 4.

As a result of measures taken by the German authorities, the Jews have been removed from public life and prevented from continuing to poison the atmosphere for it is they who have to a considerable degree been responsible for the deterioration of the situation in Denmark through anti-German incitement and moral and material support for acts of terror and sabotage. In the next few days, in response to the inquiries of large sections of the Danish population, release of the interned Danish soldiers will begin and will continue at a rate corresponding to the technical possibilities.

Source: Leni Yahil, “The Rescue of Danish Jewry: Test of a Democracy,” Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1969, p. 177.

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