Austrian Jews Face Loss of Citizenship

Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg is preparing a new law which will deprive post-war naturalized Jewish citizens of part of their political rights, particularly the right to hold state and federal jobs and also to hold office, leading Jewish organizations learned today from most reliable sources.

The law, which will be retroactive, will have an adverse effect on thousands of Jewish professionals, lawyers, doctors and dentists. Jewish lawyers are expected to be particularly hard hit by the decree now under consideration by the Austrian Chancellor.

News of the new anti-Semitic measure, the latest to be adopted by the Schuschnigg regime, spread with great rapidity and created the gravest apprehensions in Jewish circles. Credibility was lent to the report by a recent radio speech made by Chancellor Schuschnigg in which he stated that “constitutional equality does not mean equal treatment for the newly naturalized citizens.”

At the same time Austrian Jewry was attacked on another front when the campaign to boycott all Jewish business concerns, halted by the outlawing of the Nazi party after last Summer’s putsch, was resumed. Vienna was flooded today with leaflets and pamphlets urging all Austrians to boycott the Jews.

Stimme, organ of the Austrian Zionists, urged that State prosecutors intervene and punish propagandists calling for a boycott of the Jews on the ground that it is against the Austrian laws to urge a boycott of a section of the population.

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