Brzesc Jews Ask Relief; Scattered Attacks Continue
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Brzesc Jews Ask Relief; Scattered Attacks Continue

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The 25,000 Jews of this city, impoverished by riots in which their shops and goods were destroyed, appealed today to Warsaw for relief as scattered anti-Semitic attacks continued.

While victims of last week’s riots were penniless and without food, anti-Jewish newspapers boasted that “Brzesc is now a debt-free town” because invoices, bills and records of Jewish storekeepers were destroyed in the disorders.

The first aid for the stricken Jews was brought by Dr. Henry Szoszkas, secretary of the Polish distributing committee of the Federation of Polish Jews in America. He contributed $2,000 for local relief.

Police arrested a number of Poles and Jews. Moshe Lezerovich, correspondent of the Warsaw Yiddish daily Haint was arrested for photographing victims of the riots, but later released when the Union of Journalists intervened.

All Jewish shops in the town remained closed while two State attorneys arrived to investigate the riots. They also searched for goods pillaged from Jewish shops.

Jews thronged local synagogues for Shevuoth holiday services although most of the windows were broken.

Among the property destroyed in the disturbances, which broke out last Thursday after a policeman had been fatally wounded in a raid on an illegal Jewish slaughterhouse, was a school owned by the Mizrachi, religious Zionist organization, an old religious school and a large photographic studio. The latter had been bombed.

Rioting which broke out yesterday in Klobuck, it was learned, resulted from agitation by a Nationalist named Alojsi Kedziera, brother of the slain Brzesc policeman. His mother and sister returned to Klobuck from Warsaw today in an attempt to incite further against the Jews, but a Nationalist meeting called for tonight was forbidden by the police.

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