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Attempt to Provoke Pogrom in Slovakian Town Thwarted by Prompt Police Action

An attempt to provoke a pogrom in the Slovakian town of Nove Zamky was thwarted this week by the prompt action of police, who dispersed angry mobs.

The incident arose when a nine-year-old girl complained to her teacher that she had been assaulted. The teacher led the child and her school mates to a home for indigent Jews in search of the attacker. Rumors immediately spread through the town that a Christian child had been murdered by a Jew, and a mob gathered before the institution, but were persuaded by police to return home. The following day the rumor had grown to a report that three Christian children had been slain by Jews, and again a mob gathered, but were scattered by the police.

Finally, the alleged victim confessed that she had not been molested, but had been instructed by an unknown man to spread the report that she had been attacked.