Jewish Self-defense Organization Throughout Austria Being Formed
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Jewish Self-defense Organization Throughout Austria Being Formed

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An impartial Jewish Self-Defense Organization is being organized throughout Austria, it was made known today.

The Self-Defense is receiving the moral and material support of all Jewish groups and parties.

The creation of a self-defense is considered as vital in view of the extensive development of Nazi terrorization tactics throughout the country and particularly in Vienna.

At interludes of several days, Nazi demonstrations, marches and mass meetings take place in various towns and invariably conclude with an attack upon the Jews.

The Jewish self-defense organization is to be strictly disciplined and will be called out for defensive purposes only, it is stated.

Jewish self-defense is functioning successfully in Vienna, Eisenstadt and Mattersdorf where the Jewish districts have been protected during clashes between the Nazis and the Social Democrats.

The Self-Defense organization is not to be connected with any party and will defend all Jews as Jews.

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