Newspaper National Zeitung, Basel (Switzerland), January 14, 1937: Crime Development in Germany
Newspaper National Zeitung Basel
January 14, 1937
"Crime Development In Germany"
The journal Deutsche Justiz (German Justice), published by Reich Minister of Justice Dr. Guertner, reviews the crime development in Germany for 1936. For the first six months of 1936 the crime rate decreased. The decrease came to a stop for the third quarter of 1936. This may be due to increased police activity which lead to numerous arrests and court cases of harmful elements such as communists and other enemies of State like International Bible Students, abortionists and sexual offenders.
The International Bible Students turned out to be a serious threat. They were regarded as a harmless organization of weird religious characters. However, the organization changed into a cesspool for subversive elements fighting against military service, the oath of allegiance and the fundamental principals of the Third Reich. They seemed to have evolved into a concealed branch of communism. The public prosecutors received order to apply the decree of February 28, 1933, with all severity to the International Bible Students Association.