Vienna (Dec. 18)
The office of Cardinal Piffl, archbishop of Vienna, today joined the pre-Christmas campaign of the Austrian anti-Semites for an economic boycott of Jewish firms. Circulars are being sent out in the name of the Church Building Society urging Austrians to buy only from Christian and Aryan-owned firms.
This is the first time that the cardinal’s office has openly associated itself with the anti-Semitic racial campaign. The Church Building Society is under the protectorate of Cardinal Piffl and the circulars were sent out from his palace.
Simultaneously this same society is approaching Jewish firms with a plea for donations.
The Vienna Neue Welt today publishes a protest from various Jewish firms protesting against the action of Cardinal Piffl and also protesting against the Vienna municipality, which is controlled by the Socialists, for permitting its poster department to accept such circulars for display in public places calling for a boycott of Jewish stores.