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Anti-semitic Society Starts Military Branch

March 9, 1923
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (J.C.B.) will be glad to answer inquiries for further information about any of the news items contained in this Bulletin.

A new terrorist branch of the anti-Semitic Hackenkreuzlers has been organized here under the name of the “Astra” . Its membership is recruited from unemployed ex-soldiers who are paid for joining the organization. All of the members are provided with guns and other military equipment and each member must give oath to obey without any questions all of the orders.

Demand that the Austrian government demobilize all of these private military organizations and confiscate their equipment is contained in a note submitted by the ambassadors from the various powers. The military organizations, they declare are in violation of the peace treaty.

Threats are being made by Dr. Walter Diel, leader of the Hackenkreuzlers that if members of the Austrian Social-Democratic party cause any interference with the activities of his society, the Hackenkreuzlers will see to it that the lives of Jews in Austria will cease to be safe.

Even the police, hitherto looked upon as impartial and fairly disposed to even handed dealing seems to be turning anti-Semitic. According to reports. Dr. Reder, attorney for the Hackenkreuzler organization has been named to a police commissionership.

Condemnation of the leniency of the police towards the activities of the anti-Semites is expresed here generally through the liberal press. The “Avend” a radical paper, which censured more outspokenly the supine attitude of the police toward the anti-Semites has been confiscated.

The Vienna “Morgen Zeitung” in a strong editorial contrasts the inactivity of the police against the anti-Semites for posting placards about town inciting the people to Jew-baiting with its action in suppressing the Abend for daring to speak against the Jew baiters.

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