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Anti-jewish Riots in Posen, Led by Students, Follow Lemberg Events

June 11, 1929
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The anti-Jewish agitation, originating in Lemberg on June 2, when the libel of Jewish mockery at a Corpus Christi procession was made the pretext for anti-Jewish disturbances, re-echoed here on Saturday when serious anti-Jewish excesses were perpetrated.

Sunday passed without new disturbances and, according to a report of the Polish Telegraphic Agency, 37 students of the University of Posen who participated in the anti-Jewish demonstrations and in the vandalistic acts were arrested by the authorities.

The outbreak followed a meeting held Saturday morning when the Posen students gathered to consider the Lemberg events. Sharp anti-Jewish resolutions were adopted and immediately thereafter a street demonstration was formed which became virtually an anti-Jewish crusade. Jewish homes, stores, restaurants, houses of worship and the headquarters of the Posen Kehillah were attacked and much damage caused. Two synagogues and the Jewish press pavilion at the All Polish Exhibition, now being held here, suffered the principal damage.

Martin Cohn, president of the Kehillah here, was compelled to ask for the intervention of the central authorities in Warsaw by long distance telephone. On his request Deputy H. Farbstein intervened with the Ministry of the Interior which immediately issued strict instructions to suppress the disturbances. The Posen police took energetic measures.

Among the Jewish institutions which suffered from the attack, mainly in the Jewish quarter, was the Jewish cooperative bank on Schister Street.

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