MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Jul. 26)
Anti-Semitic violence in Montevideo, which has been mounting during the last few days, was strongly condemned here today at a special conference held under the joint auspices of the University Students Federation, the Federation of Labor, the Uruguayan Medical Association and the Press Association of Uruguay.
The rally, called as a protest demonstration against anti-Jewish terrorism–which culminated in the street killing of a Jew who survived Hitler’s concentration camps–adopted a resolution calling for the resignations of Montevideo’s chief of police and the chief of Uruguay’s secret service.
Both high police officials were severely criticized for inability to trace the terrorists and to put an end to the anti-Semitic activities which have been going on for more than two weeks. During these two weeks, at least eight Jewish men and girls were kidnaped by the hooligans who tortured them and carved swastikas on their bodies. None of the assailants, taken to be Nazis who seek revenge for the sentencing to death in Israel of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, has been arrested so far.
Meanwhile the police reported today another incident — the kidnaping of a 30-year-old woman, who was dragged into a car by two assailants in downtown Montevideo and stripped. The police report said that the victim, Diamedes Trujillo, was released, still naked, in the street when she was able to convince her captors that she was not a maid for a Jewish family.
Jews in Montevideo are pleased with the strong feeling of resentment which the population is showing against the Nazi terrorists. However, since none of the hooligans has as yet been caught by the police, Jewish guard units are continuing to be on the alert. They are guarding Jewish communal buildings and offices to protect them from possible bombing. The Jewish business section of the city is being watched by military patrols.