VIENNA, Nov. 10, 1938 (UP) - A Jewish informant said today that there had been fifty to sixty Jewish suicide attempts since Nazi authorities began raiding their homes in a mass round-up of Jews.
About half the suicides, the informant said, were taken to hospitals and the remaining twenty-five or thirty were dead. Police would not confirm or deny the report.
It was estimated more than 10,000 Jews had been arrested in their homes or on the streets since dawn. Approximately 6,000 were released after examination at police stations. By midnight every Jew in Vienna was expected to have been examined at police stations or at home.
Nazi party minor officials in several districts were instructed to order all Jews to close their businesses and go home, or remain in their places of business with the doors locked until their homes had been searched.
Instructions to some Jews included orders to open all wardrobes and trunks and other household furniture so that the searchers could complete their work as quickly as possible.
Searchers visited coffee houses all day and ordered waiters not to serve coffee and other drinks to Jews.
At noon four synagogues were on fire here. Explosions were heard in the Templegasse Synagogue.
Among those arrested near the burning Second District synagogue was Carter Royston Bryan, of Peoria, Ill., a correspondent of the London Times.
Storm troops seized him as he was taking notes near the dynamited synagogue and took him to the police station. He was released after ten minutes. Police apologized and reprimanded the storm troopers in his presence.
He returned to the synagogue and was arrested again by another group, but was released en route to the police station when he was recognized by his first captors.
The outbreaks started when, at dawn, early risers read of the death of Ernest Vom Ratin, Paris Embassy secretary who was fatally shot by a 17-year-old Jew, as they went to work.
Near streetcar stops and wherever else Jews were seen groups of men beat them.
After his release, Bryan said:
"Between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. I found six synagogues in the second district in various stages of devastation. Three were gutted by fire, one badly damaged by an explosion which hurled blocks of stone weighing several hundred pounds many feet and two with furnishings demolished by raiders.
"While I was taking note of a hole in the roof, bent railings and blowout windows in the Leopoldgasse synagogue, two storm troopers grabbed me.
"At the police station I found several dozen Jews, including one white-haired, grey-bearded Patriarch between 70 and 80 on the floor being kicked by what appeared to be an SS guard. When the guard overheard me say I was a journalist he desisted and lifted the old man to his feet."
After beating Jews some groups attacked Synagogues. Furniture was demolished in the Temple in the Zirkuagasse by men who first smashed in the doors with an iron ram. Mobs also broke into the Temples in the Leopoldtgasse and the Stadtgutgasse and a Jewish kindergarten in the Leopoldtgasse. The Zirkusgasse, Grosseschiffgasse and Leopoldtgasse Synagogues were fired.
Furniture was piled in the courtyards of all four buildings and burned.
Assaults on individual Jews subsided when an official roundup was started.
Police, reinforced by Nazi storm troops, placed cordons around scores of streets in Jewish districts. They examined papers of all pedestrians, searched Jews for arms and arrested all whose papers were not in order.
At noon a mob threw the furniture of a rabbi's school in the Grosseschiffgasse into the street and made a bonfire of it.
At 12:04 p.m. a synagogue in the Neudeggergasse was fired so quickly that flames went through the roof before the fire brigade arrived at 12:20.
Fire gutted a synagogue in the Hubergasse at noon before the fire department could put it out. It was reported that explosions occurred there.
A mob tore symbolical figures from the roof of a synagogue in the Mutterateg and threw them into the street.
A United Press correspondent who spent the morning touring the city saw Nazi patrols and policemen escorting Jews to police stations. Various Jews told the United Press that Nazi storm troop patrols raided a number of Jewish homes and took the occupants to police stations.