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Austrian Parties Charged with Rabid Anti-semitism in Jewish Manifesto

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The manifesto issued by the Jewish Election Committee to the Jewish population, urging support for the Jewish list, read:

“The two large parties which have divided the control of the State and the City between themselves,” says the manifesto,” have taken no heed of the interests of the Jews. The Christian Socialist Party is fundamentally anti-Semitic. For the present elections it has entered into an alliance with the Hakenkreuzler, the inciters to pogroms.

“The Austrian Socialist Democrats, who depend largely upon Jewish votes, but whose program contains no Jewish clause, pander to the anti-Semitic instincts of the masses. Their press pours scorn on everything Jewish and their representatives, including the Jews among them, do everything possible to avoid every suspicion of being friendly towards the Jews. Neither the Christian Socialist Governmental authorities, nor the Social Democratic Municipal authorities appoint Jewish officials or Jewish workers. Jews obtain licenses only after very great difficulty, or not at all. Taxation policy is conducted specifically against the interests of the Jews. The Jewish youth in the schools is subjected to persecution. All sorts of difficulties are placed in the way of their passing to the higher educational institutions. Jews are refused the right of domicile and the law regulating deportation is ruthlessly applied against them. Jews are insulted and menaced at public meetings, in the press and on posters. There is en direct incitement to the murder of Jews. The authorities and the ruling parties are passive in the face of this campaign. Even the minority laws embodied in the Peace Treaties and in the Austrian Constitution for the protection of the Jews are not applied. Austrian Jewry must therefore itself send its representatives to the legislative bodies. For Jewry and for Austria! That is the call to the Jews in the present elections.”

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