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Difficult for Jews to Secure Naturalization Certificates in Zurich

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The difficulties which the Government of the Zurich Canton places in the way of Jews seeking to acquire citizenship were described by Dr. D. Farbstein, member of the Zurich parliament, at a meeting of the Jewish community council here. He pointed out one case where a Jew who wished to become a citizen had been compelled to give his children a Protestant education.

The Zurich Canton some years ago introduced special provisions into its citizenship law drawing a distinction between East European and West European Jews in the matter of the acquisition of citizenship.

Dr. Farbstein also criticised the methods adopted by the community in the fight against anti-Semitism. He complained of the action of the community in participating financially in the issue of a book, “The Bad Jews,” written by the Swiss writer Loosli. The book was intended to promote the movement for Christian-Jewish understanding. The Jewish population was strongly divided, he said, with regard to the actual value of the book.

The meeting decided by 285 votes against 210 to endorse Dr. Farbstein’s condemnation of the action of the community in granting a subsidy for the publication of the book.

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