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Ort Office in Paris Broken Into, Money Stolen, Anti-semitic Slogans Scrawled on Walls

The ORT office in Paris was broken into last night and anti-Semitic slogans scrawled on the walls by unknown persons who cracked the safe and either stole or burned its contents. Police investigators are trying to determine whether the break-in was the work of professional criminals or anti-Semitic vandals.

The ORT director for France, Elie Schieber, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the thieves stole money in the safe and burned checks. A small fire broke out but was extinguished within minutes by firemen and police. Anti-Semitic slogans covered the office walls and swastikas were scrawled on tables, desks and the pictures on the walls. Schieber said that no threats had been received and no special precautions had been taken.