The Labor Conference to Combat Hitlerism has sent a letter to the Austrian Consul General in New York protesting vigorously detention of Dr. Karl Seitz, Socialist and labor mayor of Vienna, it was announced yesterday.
The letter calls attention to the plight of Dr. Seitz, who is seriously ill in a private sanatorium, but will be returned to jail in the event of his inability to raise sufficient private funds for his proper physical care. The Labor Conference in offering relief for Dr. Seitz, states explicitly that it will do so only under the condition 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 in common with many others is constantly exposed.”
Chairman of the group is David Dubinsky, president of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and numerous other trade unions and Socialist and fraternal organizations. B. C. Vladeck is treasurer.