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Austrian Population Pays Homage to Jewish Heroes Who Fought in 1848 Revolt

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Wide flung arrangements were made by the population of Vienna to celebrate tomorrow, Sunday, March 11, the eightieth anniversary of the 1848 revolution, by a pilgrimage to the Jewish cemetery to pay tribute to the Jewish champions of liberty.

The pilgrimage is being made to the graves of Adolf Fischof, writer and statesman, who was one of the leaders of the revolutionary movement commanding the Students Legion of Vienna and presiding over the Committee of Public Security; Herrmann Yellinek, who was shot by court martial, ## Heinrich Spitzer, a student leader who fell in the combat. Others who took a prominent part in the 1848 revolution and whose memory will be honored at the services were Frank Kompert Hartmann and Dr. Josef Goldmark, who fled to America. Dr. Goldmark was the father-in-law of United State Supreme Court Justice Louis D Brandeis.

The tribute of the entire population to the Jewish champions of liberty is the only case in Austria where the Christian masses, without distinction of party, make a pilgrimage to the Vienna cemetery to pay homage to Jews, depositing wreaths on their graves.

Even Lueger, the anti-Semitic mayor of Vienna, used to pay tribute to Fischof’s memory, exclaiming during a sitting of the Vienna municipality. “No man living can compare himself in service, integrity and character to Fischof.”

The pilgrimage to the Vienna cemetery has developed into a tradition of the German academic youth, including a large number of anti-Semites, not withstanding the attempts made lately by the Voelkische press to pass in silence the role of the Jewish heroes of 1848. In the processions banners will be carried appealing to the population to take an example from the Jewish heroes in the fight for the nation’s freedom.

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