Vienna’s Needy Increase, Face a Hard Winter
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Vienna’s Needy Increase, Face a Hard Winter

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Fifty thousand poverty stricken Jews in this city, one-fourth of the Jewish population, are now dependent upon the Vienna Jewish community for aid, Dr. Desider Friedmann, president of the community, declared today. Writing in the Neue Freie Presse, important Viennese daily, Dr. Friedmann painted a gloomy picture of Jewish distress in present-day Austria.

He declared that applications asking for relief are coming in from many Jews who only recently were well-to-do, including middle class people and the numerous Jewish bank employees recently discharged from Austrian banks. Distress among the Jews is growing at an alarming rate, Dr. Friedmann said, and the coming winter is certain to see an extension of Jewish misery.

The Austrian government contributed nothing at all for relief work among the Jews, leaving the entire burden on the Jewish community, despite a government decision made in 1927 recognizing the Jewish community’s claim to a government subsidy for relief work.

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