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Schuschnigg Hits at Rights of 410 Jews

Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg’s government took another step today in the direction of revoking post-war Jewish naturalizations when it applied to the Austrian Supreme Court for revocation of citizenship rights of 410 naturalized Jews.

Orders revoking citizenship rights of seventy-six naturalized Jews were issued by the government on November 7. The cases were immediately appealed to the Supreme Court, where the decision now rests.

Both groups are in danger of becoming stateless, since the majority gave up citizenship in the countries of their origin, relying on decrees making them Austrian citizens issued by the Diet of the Vienna municipality.

News of the government’s action in appealing to the Supreme Court to act on its drastic revocation program aroused the greatest anxiety in Jewish circles in Vienna.

At least 30,000 Jews who became Austrian citizens after 1919 are affected by the drive against the post-war naturalized.

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