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Fifteen Jewish Students Are Injured, Four Seriously, in Nazi Student Attacks in Vienna

October 18, 1932
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Fifteen Jewish students were injured, four seriously, in Nazi attacks this morning at the University of Vienna and the Polytechnic Institute.

The Jewish students were beaten and stabbed with knives. A number sustained broken skulls and arms; others had their eyes gouged out. After being thus attacked, the Jewish students were thrown out of the college buildings and off the campus.

The disturbances began this morning when the Nazi students sought to revenge themselves upon the Socialist students for yesterday’s party clashes where several Nazis were killed.

The incidents, however, quickly assumed an anti-Semitic character, in the same manner as yesterday’s incidents.

Yesterday following the party clashes, both Nazis and Socialists sought out the Jewish quarters and attacked Jewish passersby and boy scouts.

Today’s attacks follow agitation by the Nazi press which charges that Jews were at the head of the Socialist and Communist groups responsible for the death of the Nazis yesterday.

The University was closed for three days by order of the rector, who announced that the university will not reopen until government guarantees are received that yesterday’s disturbances will not be repeated.

The closing order was issued following a conference called by the rector, which expressed “its solidarity with the German students in their protests against yesterday’s murders which had as their victims several Nazi students.”

The rector called upon the German students to remain calm. There is not a single reference made, however, to the injuries sustained by the Jews.

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