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Yugoslavia Absolves Jews in King’s Death

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Assuring the Yugoslavian population that no Jew had a hand in the assassination of the late King Alexander, the Yugoslav government today took the sternest measures against anti-Jewish incitements, particularly in Croatia and Slavonia.

At the same time, authorities invited Jewish representatives to participate in all mourning manifestations for the slain monarch. Chief Rabbi M. Alkalay and a number of Jewish leaders were among those invited to be present at the ceremony in which the three regents, who are to rule the country during the minority of King Peter II, were sworn in.

An attempt was made last night to carry out an attack on the Jewish population of Ossijek, Slavonia, by a mob inflamed by rumors that the killer of the King was a Jew. Jewish shops were attacked and windows in Jewish homes broken.

Police intervened swiftly and drove the rioters away from the Jewish section. A government order issued immediately after the attack ordered use of stringent measures to prevent recurrences of such attacks and declared that troops would be brought in if the police proved unable to cope with the situation.

Chief Rabbi Alkalay issued a message to the Jews of Yugoslavia urging prominent participation in the national mourning for the late King and eulogizing the slain ruler as “the great protector of the Jews.”

The entire Jewish population of Yugoslavia is making extensive preparations to take part in the national funeral to be accorded the late King when his body is returned to Yugoslavia on the destroyer Dubrovnik, on which he sailed from Marseilles.

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