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Austrian Jews to Ask Catholic Bishops to Issue Pastoral Letter Denouncing Anti-semitism

March 13, 1946
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The Jewish community of Vienna will request all Catholic bishops in Austria to have read from the pulpits of every church a declaration condemning anti-Semitic agitation; it was announced here last night at the first meeting in preparation for elections to the community council, which are slated to take place on April 7.

David Brill, acting president of the council, addressing the meeting, voiced the community’s thanks for the aid rendered Jews by many Christians after the Anschluss, but demanded that the remnants of anti-Semitism in Austria be crushed by measures out-lawing the spread of such propaganda. Speakers pointed out that unless measures are taken to suppress anti-Semitism here, the few thousand Jews remaining in the country would leave, and none of those who have emigrated will ever return.

Representatives of the Jewish Merchants Association, which up to now had been planning to enter a separate list in the elections, announced at today’s meeting that they would join with all other groups in presenting a joint list of candidates.

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