Minnesota Jews Fear Renewed Strike Rumors

With this city in the grip of a truck strike for the second time within two months, the question as to the reaction upon Jewish firms involved is being seriously discussed here.

It is being recalled that, after the first walkout was settled in May, there were pointed whisperings attributing much of the trouble to several Jewish companies, especially to some engaged in the wholesale fruit business. A careful investigation, however, revealed that there was not the slightest truth in these charges.

Nevertheless, they were made and Jewish people were blamed on both sides. The facts that several riots occurred near buildings operated by Jewish companies and that several Jewish strike leaders were responsible for the wholesale market area tie-up in May probably has served to accentuate the whisperings.

It has been difficult to prove whether the rumors were spread by competitive business interests or anti-Semitic propagandists, or both. Jewish employers and employes deplore their spreading, and they are taking particular pains to remain in the background during this latest controversy. This inactivity, it is believed, should remove all chances of another whispering campaign.

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