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Violence Flares in Czestochowa Picketing; District Officials Snub Jews’ Pleas

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THE JEWISH POPULATION OF CZESTOCHOWA, “HOLY CITY” IN WESTERN POLAND, WAS IN A STATE OF TERROR TODAY AS NATIONALIST MASS PICKETING OF JEWISH SHOPS FLARED INTO VIOLENCE AND THE DISTRICT AUTHORITIES REFUSED TO INTERVENE ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR CONSIDERED THE PICKETING LEGAL.

NATIONALIST PICKETS ATTACKED A NUMBER OF JEWS, STABBING A JEWISH WOMAN. ALL JEWISH SHOPS, MEANWHILE, CONTINUED CLOSED AS A RESULT OF THE PICKETING.

THE CITY HAS BEEN INVADED BY LARGE NUMBERS OF ANTI-SEMITIC AGITATORS FROM OUTLYING DISTRICTS. THESE HAVE BEEN DIVIDED INTO GROUPS OF TWENTY, EACH GROUP BEING ASSIGNED TO PICKET ONE JEWISH STORE. A FIELD KITCHEN HAS BEEN ERECTED IN THE CITY’S CENTRAL PARK AND IS PROVIDING FOOD FOR THE PICKETS. THOUSANDS OF ANTI-SEMITIC LEAFLETS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED.

A DELEGATION OF JEWISH LEADERS THAT CALLED UPON THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR WAS INFORMED HE COULD TAKE NO ACTION SINCE HE HAD NO INSTRUCTIONS AND HAD BEEN TOLD THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR CONSIDERED THE PICKETING LEGAL. ANOTHER DELEGATION WAS DISPATCHED TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR AT KIELCE AND TO THE MINISTER OF INTERIOR AT WARSAW.

MEANWHILE, INTENSIFIED BOYCOTT ACTIVITIES WERE REPORTED FROM TOWNSHIPS IN THE CZESTOCHOWA DISTRICT AND FROM OTHER PROVINCIAL CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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