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Attacks on Jewish Life and Property in Rhineland; Central Union Demands Intervention

Attacks on Jewish life and property by Nazis took place yesterday in the town of Viersen, Rhineland.

Shots were fired by Nazis through the windows and the doors of a house occupied by a Jewish family, Lambertz. None of the occupants were injured. Two policemen, who ran to the house when the shots were heard, were gravely injured. One of the attackers was arrested.

The windows of three Jewish business places were smashed by the Nazis and the home of a local Jewish merchant was attacked, the same day, by the Viersen Nazis.

The attacks were condemned by the non-Jewish population of the town who expressed their regret to the Jewish families affected. In this the non-Jews were joined by the local Nazi leader who announced that disciplinary measures looking to their exclusion from the Nazi party would be taken against the guilty.

The Central Unionof German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, in a statement issued today, calls upon the German government to take action against the libelous agitation against the Jews which appears in the Nazi press.

The Central Union asserts that even those members of the Cabinet who are unfriendly to the Jews cannot remain silent in the face of this agitation since ultimately it will affect not only the status of the Jews, but endanger the position of the entire German people.

The Central Union also protested today with the broadcasting authorities against a police announcement that a group of “escaped murderers”, responsible for clashes with Nazis, were probably Jews.

Asserting that this allegation is altogether unfounded, the Central Union demanded that a correction be issued and an order to this effect was given by the radio authorities.

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