Assails Sending Austrian Labor Leader to Jail

The Labor Conference to Combat Hitlerism, of which David Dubinsky is chairman and B. C. Vladeck is treasurer, wrote to the Austrian Consul General here in protest against sending Dr. Karl Seitz, “the venerable burgomaster of Vienna and the idol of the Austrian working masses,” back to jail unless sufficient funds for his physical care in a private sanatorium are raised by his family.

Charging that such an action “reeks of extortion and is truly of medieval and brutal character,” the letter signed by Bela Low, secretary, states that the Labor Conference will “ease the plight” of Dr. Seitz provided that proper physical care is given him “and that he will be permanently removed from the threatening shadows of jail and of physical and mental torture to which this man of the people … is constantly exposed.”

The consul is asked to inform his government of this protest and of the fact that American organized labor closely follows events in Austria and holds its rulers responsible “for all that may befall the staunch fighter of Austrian labor and Socialism.”

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