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Agitators in Silesia Keep People Excited

September 25, 1923
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A wave of anti-Semitism has been sweeping lately throughout Upper Silesia attributable principally to the agitation of the German “Voelkisher” party.

The situation is at its worst in Beuthen where there have recently been staged a number of demonstrations against the high cost of living. Anti-Semites have taken advantage of these demonstrations to excite ill will not only against Jewish merchants, but against Jews innocent of all real connections with commercial undertakings. Jews at weddings and even at funerals have been molested.

In Langedorf the rowdies invaded the Jewish cemetery demolishing a number of tombstones. In Posen, a synagogue was invaded and plundered while worshippers were at a service.

The anti-Semitism also partakes of a political aspect. The members of the municipality belonging to the Voelkisher Darty, which is the dominant party in Beuthen, are demanding that all East-European Jews be expelled. They also wish the expulsion of certain “categories of native German Jews”.

They also demand that no industrial concessions be given to either native or East European Jews.

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