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Jews Lead in Defense of Vienna University Against Anti-semitic Attacks

June 23, 1929
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The Jewish students at Vienna University took a leading part in the defense of law and order on the campus when the anti-Semitic student organizations threatened violence against the University authorities.

Catholic students and members of the democratic and socialist student groups, together with the Jewish students, formed a guard to protect the University Dean when the anti-Semitic students attempted to break into his office Thursday afternoon, demanding his resignation and the resignation of the other university officials because of the strict orders they issued for the protection of freedom of study at the University. These regulations were the result of the anti-Jewish attacks perpetrated by the anti-Semitic students.

The Dean is a Catholic theologian. He rejected the ultimatum of the anti-Semitic students that he resign within half an hour. Instead, he declared that a full session of the University Senate was called for Friday, when the matter will be taken up.

Deputies who are members of the anti-Semitic Deutschnationale party succeeded, in the meantime, in calming the anti-Semitic students, persuading them to wait for the decision of the Senate.

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