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Lemberg Situation Threatening As Bishops Issue Statement Supporting Charge Against Jews

June 9, 1929
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The danger of new anti-Jewish disturbances in Lemberg was enlarged when three high church dignitaries saw fit to issue a statement supporting the unfounded charge that unnamed Jewish girls were guilty of mocking at the Catholic Corpus Christi procession on Sunday.

Three Archbishops. Twardowski, Teodorowicz and Lisowski, issued a statement declaring that they “condemn the first case in Poland when our religion was insulted and interfered with.” This statement is in direct contradiction to the statement made by Father Lawiski to Rabbis Freund and Lewin that there was no offense on the part of Jews during the procession on Sunday.

As a result of the anxiety caused by the high church dignitaries’ statement. Deputy Rosmarin conferred with the Lemberg Wojewoda, Goluchowski, who stated that he is informed that the situation was serious but that he had taken precautionary measures. “I am responsible for the maintenance of order,” he declared. Thereupon, Deputy Rosmarin was in telephone communication with Minister of the Interior, General Skladkowski, at Warsaw. The Minister authorized Deputy Rosmarin to declare that the government has taken all measures necessary.

Four of the arrested students were released today because it was found that they did not participate in the demonstrations. Simultaneously the authorities decided to hold 28 of the students. When this decision became known the national democratic students held another demonstration and started to break the windows in many Jewish houses. The police intervened and dispersed the demonstrants.

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