Home of Publisher Ransacked for Denouncing Desecration of Synagogue
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Home of Publisher Ransacked for Denouncing Desecration of Synagogue

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Anti-Semites ransacked the home of a newspaper publisher here this weekend, and carved swastikas on furniture and walls, after the paper had denounced the desecration of a local synagogue and an attempt to burn down the Jewish house of worship. The attack was made on the home of William Dwight, Sr., publisher of the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram. Mr. Dwight is not Jewish.

In the earlier attack at the synagogue, Torah scrolls had been torn, other Jewish religious objects had been strewn on the floor, and a fire had been started in a closet. The blaze was extinguished quickly.

In a statement telephoned from Miami, Mr. Dwight once more denounced the attack against the synagogue, declaring: “The desecration of the synagogue indicates there may be an element in our society of people with evil intent. The desecration of a synagogue or any other place of worship is a reprehensible act.”

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