Austrian Leader Predicts Revision of Citizenship Basis, Affecting Jews

The gradual introduction of an anti-Semitic policy, by the regime headed by Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss continues. An early revision of the basis of Austrian citizenship is indicated by a speech made by a leader of the Christian Socialist storm troops, at a mass meeting held last night in honor of Chancellor Dollfuss.

The storm troop leader declared that while a complete withdrawal of citizenship rights would involve international complications by the creation of a new mass of staaten-lose, persons without any citizenship, it was possible to create a differentiation in the economic life of Austria between citizens and to discriminate against the opponents of a “Christian” state.

He denied that this measure was ### by anti-Semitism, but ### by the desire of the Christian people for self-protection.

The Neue Welt, Austrian newspaper, points out that in his last proclamation, Chancellor Dollfuss appealed to patriotic elements to introduce the “Christian conception” also in economic and social life.

Tear-gas bomb attacks against the Jewish students of the University of Vienna are still being made despite the fact that a silent numerus clausus against the Jewish students has been introduced this term.

Not only have hundreds of European Jewish students been rejected by the University, particularly by the medical faculty, but for the first time, even Austrian Jewish students have been refused acceptance. The University claims that there is a shortage of corpses for dissection.

The Vienna Polytechnic Institute has rejected Jewish students on the ground that the Institute is overcrowded, but it practices no discrimination against American Jewish students, who were enrolled without exception.

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