Newburgh, N.Y. (Sep. 11)
The police of this city were hunting today for a band of vandals who broke into the Orthodox Talmud Torah here and virtually wrecked the building. The destruction occurred sometime Saturday night.
The vandals caused damage estimated at about $3,000. Plumbing fixtures were ripped out, causing several floors to be flooded, blackboards were torn from the walls, desks were overturned and religious books were torn and scattered over the floors.
The police say that they have no clue as to the perpetrators of the crime, but are checking the alibis of persons known to be anti-Semitic or to have spread anti-Jewish propaganda.
Louis Shatz, a local businessman who heads a committee which has been seeking to organize a Jewish community center here, told the JTA that there have been no previous anti-Semitic incidents here, except for “some kid stuff.”