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Assistance from American Relatives is Pretext for High Taxes Onlatvian Jews

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The generous contributions of American Jews toward the maintenance of their needy relatives in Latvia serve as a pretext for imposing high taxes on Latvian Jews, it was learned today when a petition signed by the Jewish population in three Latvian towns was submitted to the Club of Jewish Deputies in the Latvian parliament.

The petitioners from the towns of Korsovka, Razenovsk and Lutzi asked the Club to intervene with the government against the excessive demands of the tax collectors. When the citizens explain their inability to meet the high taxes which are being assessed, the collectors remain adamant, declaring that “all Jews receive money from America and they should therefore pay heavy taxes.”

Madam Lazdin, a leader of the Latvian Fascisti movement, was arrested here for attacking the government and inciting the population to make pogroms against the Jews and Socialists. The Fascisti elements in Latvia have threatened active reprisals because of her arrest.