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Vice-Premier of Czechoslovakia Says Anti-Semitism is No Longer a Problem in Country

May 6, 1947
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While admitting that there are still some evidences of anti-Jewish sentiments in Czechoslovakia, Vice-Premier Zdenek Fierlinger today told a press conference that anti-Semitism is no longer a serious problem in the country.

He said that some of the anti-Jewish sentiment was due to resentment on the part of the Czechs against anyone who speaks German. Some of the Czechs who were forced to return property stolen from Jews are also resentful, he declared. Referring to the few incidents during which workers struck against Jewish factory owners, Flerlinger said the workers struck against the proprietors as employers, not as Jews.

Reviewing the situation in Slovakia where there have been more anti-Jewish incidents than in Bohemia and Moravia, the Vice-Premier said that followers of the late Josef Tiso were attempting to spread anti-Semitism but were not succeeding. He predicted the early disappearance of all aspects of anti-Semitism in the province.

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