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Borscha Paper Says Fire Was Started by Anti-semites

The fire in the village of Borscha that destroyed 250 houses, four synagogues, three churches and left 3,500 Jews homeless was set by an Orthodox priest and a teacher who upon the return of the notorious anti-Semitic agitator, Danila, revived the terrorization of the Jewish population, according to the “Borschoy Lapok,” a Borscha daily newspaper.

This report conflicts with the official government statement issued yesterday by the ministry of the interior which said that the fire was due to negligence and was not caused by anti-Semites. The Borscha paper adds that the government authorities are disquieted by the growth of the anti-Semitic movement led by Danila. Nevertheless the government has informed the press that it is impossible to supply additional information on the fire because telephonic communication with Borscha has been interrupted.

Many refugees from Vama and Campolung, Bukowinan towns where anti-Semitic disturbances took place last week, have reached Czernowitz with stories of the terrible situation of the Jews in Bukowina. They have appealed to Senator Meyer Ebner for aid. He has protested to the Bukowinan authorities against the disturbances and also against the disturbances and also against the release of the arrested anti-Semites.

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