Vienna Jews Launch Winter Relief Drive

In connection with the steadily worsening plight of Jewish professional classes and German refugees here, the executive board of the Vienna Jewish Community today issued a proclamation calling for special Winter relief for the needy.

Refugees coming from Germany are frequently obliged to flee without funds or property and arrive here penniless, proving a serious maintenance problem for the Jewish community. The systematic unofficial campaign against Jewish professionals has impoverished hundreds of them.

Striking figures illustrating the impoverishment of the Vienna Jewish Community were given by Dr. Joseph Loewenherz, vice-president and treasurer of the community, in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Impoverishment of the middle class, he stated, has reduced from 60,000 in 1929 to 48,000 this year the number of contributors to the support of the board of the community. In the bank clerks’ group alone, the community has lost about 4,000 payers of a special tax, the number having decreased to 325.

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