Peasants Stage Pro-jewish Demonstration in Czech City
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Peasants Stage Pro-jewish Demonstration in Czech City

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Reliable private advices from Prague said today that the town of Iglau was recently the scene of a spontaneous pro-Jewish demonstration by Czech peasants and a counter anti-Czech demonstration by Germans. German police intervened to end the demonstrations, arresting a large number of Czechs, including women.

The pro-Jewish demonstration was precipitated by complaints by German housewives that Czech peasants who brought butter to the city markets were favoring Jewish customers. The Czech market superintendent declare, in reply to the complaints, that the peasants were free to sell their butter to anyone, whereupon the Czechs started shouting, as with one voice, “better to the Jews than to the Germans.”

Following arrest of the peasants, German newspapers in the city warned against repetition of pro-Jewish manifestations.

The Bruenn Hadoar, only Jewish news bulletin appearing in the “protectorate,” has published a long list of restaurants, cafes and bathing places where Jews are not wanted. Warning Jews not to risk being ejected, Hadoar points out that it is beneath human dignity to visit places where the visitor is not welcome.

The Prager Abend, organ of Reich Protector Konstantin von Neurath, has demanded removal of signs advertising pictures by the “film Jews,” Charlie Chaplin.

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