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65 Per Cent Jews in Vienna Die Paupers

During the course of the debate on the budget at the Vienna City Council, the Jewish Councillor Dr. Plaschkes asked that the Council should grant a subsidy to the Jewish community for social and welfare purposes.

He pointed out that the Jewish population of Vienna was paying the greatest proportion of the City rates. At the same time 65% of Jews dying in the City were being burried by the Jewish community free of charge, as paupers. Each burial cost the Community nearly a million kronen, and the costs are being entirely borne by it, instead of by the City authorities. In view of the fact that the Council was asking the Jewish community to contribute 240 million kronen towards the expenses of maintaining the cemeteries in Vienna, he proposed that the Jewish community should be granted 250 million kronen to meet its own expenditure in this regard.

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