Jews Taken from Vienna Synagogues, Forced to Scrub Walls; Others Routed from Theatres
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Jews Taken from Vienna Synagogues, Forced to Scrub Walls; Others Routed from Theatres

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Nazi storm troopers broke into Passover Sabbath morning services at the Orthodox Schiff Synagogue, it was learned today, and loaded a dozen worshippers on a truck to be taken to the nearest police station. There some were photographed, while others were forced to wash windows and scrub walls for hours.

Photographs were taken in the courtyard of the police station for Der Stuermer, Julius Streicher’s rabidly anti-Semitic weekly issued in Nuremberg, of five Jews, all striking Orthodox types, with long beards, “peyos” (ringlets of hair on the temples), and wearing “tallesim” (prayer shawls).

A. N. Fuchs, Jewish journalist, correspondent of the Jewish Daily Forward of New York, his wife and daughter, have been released from jail after twelve days’ detention on unknown charges. W.S. Eisenburg, former member of the Government Press Department under ex-Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg, who had been in custody for several weeks, has been sent to the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.


Jews have been driven from the Vienna Opera House and at least one large cinema in recent days by hostile audience demonstrations in the gallery.

Catcalls and shouts of “Jews out!” interrupted the presentation of Richard Wagner’s opera, “Lohengrin,” and were followed by the departure of five persons from the opera house.

The manager of the Burg Cinema halted the showing of Alice Faye’s film, “You’re a Sweetheart,” which names several Jews in its credit list, to request Jews to leave the building, after a similar demonstration had occurred. About twenty-five persons walked out.

Two more important Jewish banks, the Ephrussi and Guttman institutions, were today placed under “compulsory administration” of the authorities, which means that their Jewish owners have been virtually disposed. The first Jewish bank to be taken over by the authorities was S.M. Rothschild and Sons.

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