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Nazis Cause 200,000 Schilling Property Damage in Vienna in Anti-jewish Boycott Drive

December 20, 1932
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Property damage estimated at 200,000 schillings and an incalculable boycott damage was wrought here yesterday by the Nazis in their terrorization campaign against the Jews in an effort to prevent Christian Christmas shoppers from trading with Jews.

Hundreds of plate glass windows of Jewish shops were smashed and their property defaced with the slogan “Don’t Buy from Jews!” The city was flooded with millions of boycott leaflets.

The police, in special patrols, attempted to apprehend the Nazis responsible for yesterday’s occurrences, but met with little success even though Nazi homes were raided in some instances.

The fog which enveloped the city helped the Nazis to do their damage and escape.

Part of the loss is covered by insurance. Ish Nazi terrorization, which has caused considerable property damage and serious business losses.

At the same time Secretary of State for Security Fey threatened serious consequences to the Nazi Party if it persists in its terrorization tactics adopted to prevent Jews from benefiting from the Christmas trade.

The Socialist press however demands at this juncture an explanation for the fact that the government up until now has taken no action beyond searching homes of Nazis which invariably has proven fruitless.

Thirty-two Nazi youths arrested for distributing anti-Semitic boycott appeals will be submitted for trial, it was learned today. An investigation into the boycott agitation will include a probe into the role played by Nazi leaders in instigating this activity.

The Nazi press counters these steps with recrimination. It accuses the police department of being dominated by the Jewish spirit and of protecting the trade on Sundays of “Jewish parasites.”

The Nazi organs also hail the results of the police searches in connection with yesterday’s attacks, pointing out that although eighty writing desks and safes belonging to Nazis were broken into and searched, no incriminating evidence was found.

A reward of 15,000 schillings for the capture of Nazi hooligans, responsible for the damage to Jewish property, is offered by the Merchants Association.

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