Tension Abates in Polish Town After Night of Terror
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Tension Abates in Polish Town After Night of Terror

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Tension abated today in the town of Minsk Mazowieck thirty miles from here after a night of terror during which five Jewish houses were burned down.

Physicians arrived in the town to give first aid to 41 Jews injured in disorders that broke out following the arrest of a Jew for the murder of a Polish army sergeant, Deputies Joshua Gottlieb and Emil Sommerstein and Senator Moses Schorr also visited the town.

One of the injured Jews is 75-year-old Ephraim Furmanski, whose condition was reported serious. Reports that Jews had been killed in the disorders were ascertained to be incorrect. Several anti-Semites have been arrested in connection with the disorders.

Anti-Jewish excesses and incendiarism broke out in Minsk despite the presence of police reinforcements. The sergeant’s funeral was followed by disorders. Efforts of police and the more moderate elements of the population to calm rioting Nationalists were unavailing.

The district governor of Warsaw visited Minsk and ordered stern measures taken to restore order. A fire brigade from Warsaw was stationed in the town to fight incendiary blazes. A synagogue and many Jewish homes and shops were damaged by fire.

With 5,000 of the 6,000 Jews seeking refuge in Warsaw from rioters, a delegation of Warsaw Jewish leaders who visited the town returned with a report that the situation there was critical. As a result the Jewish Relief Committee cancelled arrangements for the return of several hundred of the refugees.

A gang of 100 Naras, members of the outlawed anti-Semitic political party, were reported to have headed for Minsk from Warsaw. The Endeks (Nationalists) were attempting to spread the anti-Jewish disorders to neighboring towns.

Many attacks on Jews were prevented by police in Wilno, where tension was high as the result of a self-defense slaying by a Jew of a Pole.

Following a political battle between Ukrainians and radicals, anti-Semitic outbreaks occurred in Skola, East Galicia, and many Jews were injured, at least one of them seriously. Jewish shops were demolished in the attacks.

Premier Skladowski, outlining his Government’s policy in an address to the Sejm, declared he would follow a center course. He said the Government was determined to maintain order and would not permit attacks on Jews.

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