AUSTRIA: Suicide Clients

Gaunt mothers with hunger-pinched babies, hollow-eyed youths, twitching old men, shamefaced Frauleins big with child —in all 1,000 utterly miserable people sat down in Vienna last week to the Third Annual Banquet of the Advisory Centre For Intending Suicides. Anyone consulting the Advisory Centre is promised and may depend upon: 1) "absolute secrecy" (not even the police will be told); 2) "absolute non-interference with the final decision" (no prospective suicide will be nagged, browbeaten or cajoled into remaining alive). During the hearty banquet last week leading Viennese stage folk (not...

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