Anglo-jewish Defense Groups Map Plans to Fight Swastika Plague
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Anglo-jewish Defense Groups Map Plans to Fight Swastika Plague

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The defense organizations of British Jewry, disturbed by the failure of police to make any arrests of anti-Semitic vandals, and the continued desecrations of Jewish institutions, mapped plans today for a more direct role in ending the outrages.

A Scotland Yard source told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the number of “nuisance incidents” during the last few days exceeded 40.

The Jewish Defense Commission of the Board of Deputies of British Jews was scheduled to meet tonight to examine reports from all parts of the British Isles and to decide on the best means of cooperating with the police and Scotland yard in tracking down and arresting the anti-Semitic vandals.

The executive committee of the Association of Jewish Ex-serviceman and Women was to discuss proposals that the association establish a corps of night watchmen for threatened Jewish communal buildings. Members of Jewish youth organizations have informally voiced demands for direct action because of police failure to arrest any of the vandals.

Despite increased police vigilance and posting of plain-clothes detectives in areas of expected trouble, reports of new outbreaks of anti-Semitic smearing and threats kept coming in here.


(In Washington, anti-Semites drew Nazi swastikas today on a streetcar subway walk in the Du Pont circle area of downtown Washington. Metropolitan police were investigating.

(In France, anti-Semitic manifestations were reported in Toulouse and Bordeaux. At Toulnouse, street signs proclaimed: “Death to the Jews and the German Reich.” At Bordeaux, swastikas were painted in red on the walls of the local synagogue and the Jewish cemetery.

(In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a wall of the new synagogue of Congregation Israelita Paulista was smeared during the night with a swastika and the legend,” Jews go home.”)

Two large swastikas were found on a Jewish cemetery in Bushley Park. One was almost three feet high. They were daubed in black paint on the main pillar of the cemetery entrance. Swastikas also were painted on a Jewish clubhouse in Hertfordshire. “Bury the Jews” was among the slogans painted on business premises at Axminister. Devon.

At Bristol, four red swastikas were smeared on a synagogue, and another was painted on the door of a house. At Kingston, three red swastikas were painted on the doors and a pillar of the Kingston and Surbiton District Synagogue. In Manchester, a swastika was painted on the door of the home of a local Jewish community leader.

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