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Jewish Physician Attacked in Montevideo; Swastika Carved on His Body

A 34-year-old Jewish physician, Dr. Maximon Handel, was attacked here last night by four anti-Semitic youths who bundled him into an automobile and carved a swastika on one of his legs. This was the third of such anti-Semitic attacks here in a few days. No arrests have been made in any of the assaults.

Dr. Handel was tricked by a telephone call from a person purporting to need medical aid. When he alighted from his car at the given address, he was beaten unconscious and hauled by the attackers into another car. When he regained consciousness, the men had fled and he made his way to a first aid station where he was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Dr. Handel told police that he thought he heard his assailants say “Long Live Hitler” and “Death to the Jews.” Dr. Handel has no political record of any kind.

In an earlier incident, Miss Soledad Barret, a non-Jewish Uruguayan girl, also was seized and branded with a swastika. In the first of the three attacks, Elbio Yamandu Ferrer, a Uruguayan student, was bit about the head. A number of physicians have reported false telephone calls and some threatening messages by telephone.

DAIA, the central body of Argentine Jewry, cabled a message of solidarity to the Central Jewish Committee of Uruguay. The DAIA urged the committee to combat Nazism which “is invading Latin American countries.”

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