Here are a few actual cases to illustrate how Jews of Austria are affected by the anti-Semitic policies of the Schuschnigg government:â€”
1. A woman, resident in Vienna to the age of 35. All her family is here, too. Through marriage with a German citizen she became an alien. She went to live in Germany, working as a music teacher. When Hitler came in, she, being a Jewess, had to leave.
In her escape from the Nazi scourage she crossed back into Austria, returning to her relatives. She is in no way a burden on the public. Nevertheless, she is being sent out of the country because, returning without a passport, she is alleged to have “violated public order.” Where is she to go?
2. A man of more than 70. He changed $70 for a friend out of courtesy. Under the present currency laws this is not permitted without the consent of the National Bank. A fine of 50 schillings or five days’ imprisonment has been imposed.
There is no other offense of which he is accused, but he, too, is being sent out of the country as an “undesirable.”
3. A man born in Galicia, an Austro-Hungarian subject under the old empire. In 1914, twenty years ago, he was sentenced to a fortnight’s imprisonment for a trivial offense.
Recently he engaged in business in Czechoslovakia, in the course of which he had a dispute with his partners. They brought suit against him in a Czechoslovakian court. Thereupon the Austrian authorities ordered his expatriation. But Czechoslovakia doesn’t want him. He is being expelled from Austria, nevertheless.
These cases are only a few among hundreds. They show the tendency of the administration.