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Young Vienna Jews Beat Back Assailants

September 17, 1923
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Young Jews of Vienna, instead of relying on the police, took defensive steps of their own when attacked by a mob of Hakenkreuzler, thereby averting what the Hakenkreuzlers hoped would develop into a pogrom.

Following a mass-meeting of them, the Hakenkreuzler, breaking through police lines invaded the opera district, entering all of the coffee houses of that section, hunting for Jews. Parties of Jewish men and women and those who appeared to be Jews were accosted by the mob, many of the Hakenkreuzlers carrying concealed weapons, and all of them armed with blackjacks.

Seeing that they could count on little assistance from the police, Jewish young men organized to beat back the assailants. A number of the mob were seized by the Jews and turned over to the police. In all, about twenty were arrested.

Another outbreak occurred in a Vienna hotel where holiday services were held. Hakenkreuzler broke into the hall, and the worshippers unarmed and unwarned were forced to flee. The same night Hakenkreuzler toured the city in automobiles, distributing thousands of anti-Semitic circulars of a highly inflammatory brand.

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