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Scores Flee As Disorders Spread in Bialystok Province of Poland

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SCORES OF JEWS WERE REPORTED FLEEING TO WARSAW TODAY AS ANTI-SEMITIC DISORDERS SPREAD THROUGH THE BIALYSTOK PROVINCE ACCOMPANIED BY A SEVERE BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN. DISORDERS WERE REPORTED IN THE TOWNS OF OSTROW-MAZOWIECKI, BRIANSK, MALKINIE, UNIADO, BROBSZCZYK AND CZECHANOWIEC.

THE EXCESSES WERE SET OFF BY DEMONSTRATIONS ON AUG. 15 ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY OF THE POLISH ARMY OVER THE INVADING SOVIET FORCES IN 1920. AFTER A SERIES OF MINOR DISORDERS IN PROVINCIAL TOWNS MORE SERIOUS RIOTS BROKE OUT IN SEVERAL TOWNS. SERIOUS DISTURBANCES OCCURRED IN OSTROW-MAZOWIECKI ON AUG. 16, FOLLOWED BY CONTINUOUS RIOTING IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS.

FIFTY JEWS WERE INJURED IN DISORDERS IN BRIANSK ON MONDAY, ACCORDING TO DEPUTIES EMIL SOMMERSTEIN AND ISAAC RUBENSTEIN, WHO RETURNED FROM THERE TODAY. THE ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGN THERE IS CONDUCTED BY ENDEKS, MOSTLY FROM OTHER DISTRICTS, AND HAS FAILED TO GAIN THE SYMPATHY OF THE LOCAL POPULATION, THE DEPUTIES SAID. THEY REPORTED THE JEWISH INHABITANTS IN A STATE BORDERING ON PANIC. THE DEPUTIES INTERVENED WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES DEMANDING THAT ACTION BE TAKEN TO HALT THE TERRORISM AND DECLARING THAT PICKETS WERE NOT ONLY TERRORIZING JEWISH SHOPKEEPERS, BUT ALSO NON-JEWS WHO DEALT WITH JEWS.

REPORTS FROM OTHER TOWNS SAID TEN JEWS WERE BEATEN AND WINDOWS OF JEWS’ HOMES BROKEN IN MALKINIE, TWO MARKET-TRADERS ATTACKED IN UNIADO AND THEIR GOODS DESTROYED. IN BROBSZCZYK, AFTER A YOUNG ENDEK HAD BEEN ARRESTED BY POLICE A CROWD ATTACKED JEWS AND THE POLICE WERE FORCED TO CALL REINFORCEMENTS FROM A NEIGHBORING TOWN TO RESTORE ORDER. A JEWISH CART-DRIVER NAMED LEIB KOZE WAS ATTACKED AND SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CZECHANOWIEC.

MEANWHILE, IN CZESTOCHOWA A COURT SENTENCED TWO NATIONAL DEMOCRATS TO SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR BREAKING WINDOWS OF JEWS’ HOMES LAST JUNE. TWO OTHERS WERE ACQUITTED.

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