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Austrian Acquittal of Nazi Who Murdered Jews Provokes Demonstration

More than 100 workers and students have demonstrated in Graz against the verdict acquitting Franz Murer of charges that he murdered at least 17 Jews during Nazi occupation of Poland.

None of the demonstrators were persons who had undergone suffering during the Nazi period or who had been interned in Nazi concentration camps. Many of them deliberately wore the Yellow Star of David as a sign of sympathy with Jewry.

The demonstrations were supported by prominent Austrians–all non-Jews–and by many Austrian organizations, including the Federation of Nazi Victims Actions Against Anti Semitism, which issued a strong protest against the Graz verdict.