German Jews Consider Their Status Under Republic’s Laws

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

About four hundred Jewish jurists from all parts of Germany were present at a conference held here convoked by the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith for the purpose of considering the position of the Jews of Germany under the laws of the country.

Doctor Julius Brodnitz, president of the Central Union, said that the conference was not a demonstration in the interests of a catchword or slogan, but was intended only for the serious consideration of the work before the Central Union and the promotion of the principle of equal justice within the German Republic. The conference did not have the purpose of segregating Jewish jurists from their non-Jewish colleagues, he said.

Dr. Jacques Stern, who read a paper on Nationalist Law and State Philosophy, said that any attempt to introduce Nationalist ideas in Law and State, which would result in depriving the German Jews of their rights, would not be justified historically or philosophically. It would throw Germany back for centuries, would isolate her from the rest of the nations and make it impossible for her to regain her old position.

Dr. Erich Eyck read a paper on the attitude of the judicial system towards Jews and Judaism, in which he quoted case after case where Jews had been discriminated against in a way that was not in keeping with the traditions of German law. He did not want to generalize or to suggest that the cases he quoted typified German law administration as such, but they had to think of these cases and to stand on guard demanding impartial justice, not only for the sake of the German Jews, but for the sake of the German fatherland as a whole.

Dr. Bruno Weil, dealing with the political trials of recent years in Germany, said that these had since the Revolution become a more frequent part of the political life of the country. The German Jews had the right and it was their duty to fight for equal rights in law and in fact with all non-Jewish Germans.

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