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Austria Acts to Bar Jews from Law, Public Markets; 3 Arrested

April 4, 1938
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The Nazi authorities took measures today to bar Jews from the law profession and from Vienna’s twenty-two public markets, while a series of arrests continued.

Hans Frank, Reichs Minister of Justice, empowered the Austrian Justice Ministry to revoke at will the licenses of Jewish lawyers, with three exceptions. It is estimated that between 800 and 900 attorneys will be eliminated.

The exceptions are Jewish lawyers licensed before 1914, those who are war veterans and those who are sons of war veterans. Last week all Jewish lawyers were requested to fill out a questionnaire giving all relevant particulars on their past. It is believed the license revocations will be made on the basis of this questionnaire.

Jewish dealers in the capital’s public markets were ordered by the municipal authorities to vacate their premises permanently tomorrow. The order applies to the large general wholesale market, where several of the largest Jewish firms have been operating for many years.

Arrests of three well-known Jews were revealed today. They are Sigmund Strauss, electrical engineer and collaborator of the famous scientist, Heinrich Hertz; Felix Salten, author, whose books were confiscated in Vienna bookshops last week, and Chief Rabbi Herzog of Graz.

The “Aryanization” of two electrical lamp factories was reported. They are the famous Johann Kremenetzky, the largest in Austria, whose founder was a friend of Dr. Theodor Herzl, founder of political zionism; and the Albert Pregan factory, whose products illuminate many streets and public buildings in Vienna.

Negotiations with the authorities for at least partial reopening of the Jewish Community offices, closed since Anschluss, have made considerable headway, it was reliably learned today. It is understood that a large public school in the Jewish quarter will shortly be evacuated by the Brownshirts who are occupying it and that classes will be resumed.

Approximately 35,000 schillings, it was learned, has been released from the blocked Community treasury for payment of wages of subordinate employes at the Rothschild Hospital and the Jewish Home for the Aged.

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