Repeal Ghetto Law, Vienna Jews Urge
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Repeal Ghetto Law, Vienna Jews Urge

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A plenary session of the Vienna Jewish community held here last night unanimously decided to request the government of Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg to abolish at once the separate schools for Jewish children introduced by law at the opening of the public schools this year. The resolution adopted by the Jewish community declared that the ghetto schools were causing the “greatest anxiety and apprehension among the Jewish population.”

The Zionist groups within the community further resolved to ask the Austrian government for financial subsidies in order to set up a system of “positive” Jewish education.

The law creating ghetto schools was passed at a secret session of the Austrian cabinet on July 4. Not only were the Jewish leaders left in complete ignorance of the passage of the law, but they left an interview with the Chancellor convinced that such a scheme would never be put into effect.

When schools opened all Jewish children were directed to separate-Jewish schools, from which all Protestant and Catholic children were removed. Even the children of Jewish converts to Christianity were sent to the Jewish schools, thus setting up a “non-Aryan” school division in the most approved Nazi fashion.

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