Jewish Leader Doubts Austria Willkeep Word

The Jewish position in Austria is becoming worse, and despite repeated assurances of the Austrian government there is no indication that conditions will change for the better, Dr. M. Plaschkes, Jewish leader, declared today at a plenary session of the Jewish community.

“No wonder Jews and non-Jews abroad are seriously worried over the fate of Austrian Jewry!” Dr. Plaschkes exclaimed. “Governmental tendencies indicate that conditions will become worse and the campaign of dismissals against the Jews has not ended despite the repeated assurances of the authorities.

“Permit me to remind you that despite the fact that the government issued a supplementary order for foreign consumption indicating that Jewish complaints against the ghetto schools will be considered, there has been no change whatsoever,” he declared.

“If the Austrian government is eager to dispel the distrust of the world as to the situation of the Jews here, then this end may be easily achieved by a real protection of the rights and culture of the Jewish minority,” Dr. Plaschkes said.

Stories circulated abroad about the re-employment of Jewish physicians dismissed from their posts in Viennese municipal institutions are premature, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency discovered today. Dr. Ehrlich, only Jewish member of the Vienna municipal council, did, however, persuade Lord Mayor Richard Schmitz to halt the campaign of dismissals against the Jewish doctors. He was also successful in inducing him to re-employ a few of the dismissed doctors who were actually starving.

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