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Vienna Jewry Depressed on First Days of Passover

The Jewish community here passed the first days of Passover in a depressed atmosphere. Although no ritual agitations disturbed the Jews this year, the economic crisis, aggravated by the impossibility of emigrating, upset even the Seder joy of thousands. The Zionist position, resulting from the Inquiry Commission’s report, also kept many from enjoying Passover to the full.

The crowded synagogues reflected the moods. The Polish Synagogue was so jammed that the police had to close the doors and refuse admittance to many who sought it.