Pogrom in Kielce, Poland, Ends With 4 Jews Killed and 250 Injured

Overnight, a pogrom in Kielce, Poland, leads to four Jews being killed, 250 injured, and a great deal of property damage. The Kielce city council meets to discuss the events and issues a report condemning the violence, but insists that the Jews are responsible for it in the first place.

According to the Kielce city council:

"The Council affirms that the anti-Semitic movements were an instinctive reaction of the mass of citizens. They were aroused by the ceaseless exploitation on the part of the class of shopkeepers, of whom 80% consists of Jews, and by the provocative behavior of the Jews during the time of the war when they put themselves at the service of the Germans and the Austrians."

Here we see a couple of standard anti-Semitic prejudices: Jews are all merchants who don't do real work for a living, Jews are traitors to the communities they live in because they don't really belong, and Christians have a natural right to defend themselves against such dangerous people in their midst.

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