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Procession to Grave of Herzl is Barred

The annual Zionist procession to the grave of Dr. Theodor Herzl, founder of the modern Zionist movement, which was to have been held this Sunday, has been prohibited by the police. The police order, issued to prevent anti-Semitic disturbances by Nazis, bans display of the blue-and-white Zionist flag and Zionist emblems.

Jews who wish to honor the memory of Herzl may assemble only in the small Jewish cemetery where his remains have lain since his death thirty years ago. The traditional procession on the twentieth of Tammuz, the date of Herzl’s death, which this year fell on July 14, had previously been prohibited because of the threat of Nazi attacks.

Zionist leaders are anxious to remove Herzl’s remains to Palestine at the earliest opportunity in order to carry out the provisions of his will in which he requested burial in the Holy Land and to maintain the tradition of pilgrimages to his grave. The fear of advent of the Nazis to power in Austria and the possibility that anti-Semitic manifestations might include desecration of the grave is also motivating the leaders.

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