Socialist International Ears Report on Anti-semitism in Austria

Austrian representatives at a two-day session of the Bureau of the Socialist International reported today that a number of Jews had been physically assaulted during the recent election in Austria. They also confirmed reports that election leaflets distributed by right-wing elements contained considerable anti-Jewish propaganda material.

They stressed that certain leaders of the Peoples’ Party, which won an absolute majority in the elections, were not prepared any longer to resist neo-Fascism and anti-Semitic tendencies among the party’s supporters. Dr. S. Levenberg, a British delegate, stressed that the use of violent anti-Jewish and neo-Nazi slogans during the election campaign created widespread apprehension both in the Jewish world and in the labor movement.

Plans were completed for the biennial congress of the Socialist International in Stockholm in May. The Israeli delegation is expected to be led by Mrs. Golda Meir, former Foreign Minister and now general secretary of the Mapai party.

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