Czestochowa Put Under Curfew; 300 Seized for Disorders
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Czestochowa Put Under Curfew; 300 Seized for Disorders

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With 300 persons under arrest so far in connection with the anti-Semitic riots in the “holy city” of Czestochowa, police today imposed nine o’clock curfew and prohibited sale of alcoholic beverages.

The action came although life in Czestochowa is returning to normal, with Jewish inhabitants beginning to repair demolished shops and replace smashed windows.

Some of those arrested were accused of possessing goods from pillaged Jewish stores. The Jewish community organization has registered 400 claimants for damages.

Meanwhile, Jewish communities in Staszow, Olsztin and Zarki, near Czestochowa, have appealed for protection against anti-Semitic demonstrators.

The statement by the Catholic Bishop of Czestochowa, Theodore Kubina, demanding “satisfaction” for the killing of a Polish porter by a Jewish butcher, the crime which precipitated the riots, and urging that “measures be taken to prevent recurrence of such crimes,” was interpreted by nationalist newspapers as meaning that Bishop Kubina intends to demand that the government prohibit Jews from residing in the “holy city.”

Deputy Joshua Gottlieb interpellated Premier Skladkowski in the Sejm regarding the Czestochowa pogrom, declaring that anti-Jewish agitation was being conducted there by Naras (members of the anti-Semitic National Radical Party) without any interference.

Czestochowa officials were inactive during the disorders, and Jewish shops were pillaged in the presence of police, Deputy Gottlieb charged.

Consideration of the interpellation was postponed until the new session of the Sejm, the Speaker contending that the House had no time to consider it now.

A special relief committee has been established by the Czestochowa Jewish community organization, and a representative of the Joint Distribution Committee has also arrived in the city.

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