Salonica (Jul. 1)
That the Jews will vote at the forthcoming plebiscite for the reestablishment of the monarchy in Greece, was forecast today by the Jewish press in Salonica.
“Jews are progressive,” declares La Prenza, “but they do not want a republic which is anti-Semitic.”
Since the Republic was established Jews have lived in a constant state of fear. Unrest and civil wars have been frequent in Greece, with the government changing hands twelve times during the twelve years of the Republican regime. And as always in case of disorder, the Jews have suffered more than others.
The antagonism between the Jews and the Republicans dates from the time when the Greek army conqured Salonica and the provinces. Jews were accused of having plotted against the Greek army and of poisoning Greek soldiers.
Similar anti-Semitic charges have been repeatedly hurled at the Jews by various Republican leaders.
Nevertheless, Jewish intellectual leaders in Salonica tried to participate in the political life of the various Republican parties. When the Venizelist bloc was formed, the Jews gave nearly all their votes to Venizelos, and they supported his party even after the pogrom of Campbell in 1931.