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Death of Schober, Friendly to Jews, Causes Deep Regret in Jewish Circles

The sudden death of Johann Schober, noted Austrian statesman and former premier, has caused deep regret in Jewish circles in Austria.

As Austrian Police Chief and later as Premier, he displayed a friendly attitude toward the Jewish population and always assured them of protection.

When he became Premier of Austria for the last time in October of 1929, Schober issued a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in which he said : “I want to assure the Jews the world over, especially in Great Britain and America that during my chancellorship there is no likelihood of restricting Jewish rights and the violation of law and order.”

He was sympathetic toward the Zionist movement and was a friend of long standing of Dr. Robert Stricker. Zionist leader and the late Rabbi Chajes.

In August of 1930, in an interview with Jacob Landau, managing director of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Chancellor Schober reiterated his friendliness toward the Jews and his firm stand against any measures aimed at restricting their rights.

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