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Jews to Mark Anniversary of the World War

The twentieth anniversary of the outbreak of the World War with its tragic economic, political and moral effects on the Jews, particularly those of Eastern Europe, will be observed on August 2nd by German, Austrian and other European Jewish communities.

The All-German Jewish Representative Body today issued a call under the signature of its president, Rabbi Leo Baeck, urging all German Jews to “seriously commemorate this day.”

Similarly the Vienna Jewish newspapers draw attention to the day which brought about the destruction of Austrian Jewry’s economic position and political rights, recalling that before the World War the Austrian Jews were not aware of anti-Semitism.

The difference between the status of the German Jews twenty years ago and today is emphasized in leading articles in all the German Jewish papers. All the papers commented on the patriotism with which the German Jews regarded the World War and their extreme sacrifices for the German cause.

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