Vienna (Oct. 8)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Notwithstanding the continued efforts of the Hakenkreuzler, the Hitlerites and other groups of the anti-Semitic variety, Sunday, the day when the nationalistic Heimwehr marched to demonstrate against the Socialists, passed quietly.
Many Jewish families were ready to leave their homes, the windows of many Jewish stores were boarded up, as were the windows of the synagogue, in view of the feared anti-Jewish excesses resulting from a possible clash between the two opposing camps.
Any feeling of panic or fear was, however, eliminated as the population observed the determined attitude of the authorities to prevent any disorder. It was reported that insurance companies did an increased amount of business, as many property owners protected their interests with emergency policy.
The Hakenkreuzler distributed among the members of the Heimwehr anti-Semitic literature in an effort to “enlighten” them on the Jewish question. This literature was of the familiar pogrom inciting kind and included even the ritual murder accusation.
The Hitler group tried to cause panic in the Jewish quarter by arranging anti-Semitic mass meetings, called ostensibly for the purpose of enlightening the Heimwehr on the necessity of “purifying the race in Austria.” The speakers urged the Aryan population of Vienna to “join the fight of the Heimwehr against Judea until the last Austrian Jew hangs from a lamppost.”