Menu JTA Search

Widespread Terrorism in Polish Boycott of Jews Brewing Excesses

Charges of widespread terrorism accompanying a nation-wide anti-Jewish boycott were placed before the Minister of Interior today by a delegation representing the Jewish Small Traders’ Association.

The delegation, declaring pickets patrolling in front of Jewish stores provoke fights, warned that serious excesses were brewing.

Deputy Emil Sommerstein at the same time submitted a memorandum to the Minister in which he charged that uniformed Endeks pompously station themselves before Jewish shops, force their closing and ignore the police.

Nationalist students in Lwow, hotbed of the student anti-Semitic movement, are participating in the picketing, Mr. Sommerstein charged, and are molesting persons entering Jewish stores. He said students are driving trucks flaunting boycott posters through the city streets.

Meanwhile, Jews complained to police in Wilno of a pre-Christmas boycott drive being waged against them and were told that “the boycott is legal.” Boycott propaganda was also being spread in Warsaw and various parts of Silesia.

3 WOUNDED IN RIOT AT FAIR

Three Jews were injured, many were beaten and twenty Jewish wagons were demolished at a fair in Ciechanowiec near Bialystok.

A number of Jewish stalls were demolished and windows of Jews’ houses broken today by Endeks in Reoznice near Lodz.

Nationalist deputies, in violent anti-Semitic speeches last night in the Sejm (lower Parliamentary house), criticized the Government for keeping Jews in the diplomatic service, even those long since converted, and demanded elimination of Jews from commerce and industry.

In reply, Deputy Leib Minzberg asked Premier Skladkowski whether the Government intended to end anti-Jewish attacks. He charged that the law restricting kosher slaughtering, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, deprives 20,000 Jews of their livelihood.

“First the Jews are ousted from their livelihoods and then it is argued that the Jews become a burden,” he asserted.

Premier Skladkowski responded that the Government sought to secure peace for everybody, including the Jews, that rioters could not remain unpunished and were being combatted by the police and the courts.

Trial of 31 Naras, members of the outlawed anti-Semitic National Radical Party, on charges of anti-Jewish excesses at Vishomki last August, opened today in a Lomza court.

NEXT STORY