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Well Poisoning Charge is Levelled at Jews

October 10, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The charge of poisoning the wells, directed against Jews in the Middle Ages, was insinuated by the “Dwa Grosze,” the leading anti-Semitic Polish newspaper.

The insinuation was made by the newspaper when it reported the fact that 214 soldiers of the Sawalki Infantry Regiment were suddenly taken ill. An analysis made by the military medical authorities disclosed the fact that the soldiers were taken sick because they had drunk water from an unclean well. The “Dwa Grosze” pointed out the fact that the soldiers were taken ill on the Jewish high holidays when the Jewish soldiers were excused from the regiment. The newspaper, emphasizing the fact that the Jewish soldiers did not suffer because of their absence, makes the insinuation that Jews had poisoned the well.

Rabbi Benjamin Axelman, of Richmond, Va., has persuaded his congregation, for twenty years a Reform Congregation, to hold services according to the Orthodox ritual, a release issued by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America stated. Rabbi Axelman was aided in this matter by the Union.

Rabbi Axelman is a graduate of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

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