Berlin (Aug. 1)
Assurances that the newly organized Constitutional Party, which is comprised of the old Democratic Party and the nationalistic Young German League, is not anti-Semitic and that its leaders have no religious prejudices, were vouchsafed today at a meeting of the Democratic Party called to consider its affiliation with the new group.
In view of the apprehensions felt in Jewish circles here concerning the possibility that the Young German League might introduce its racial policy into the platform of the new party, the question of the Constitutional Party’s attitude towards the Jews was raised at the meeting by Bruno Weil, prominent Jewish leader, who demanded that the Constitutional Party publicly announce that it would not tolerate anti-Semitism.
Dr. Erich Koch-Weser, former minister of justice in the Mueller cabinet, and a leading member of the Democratic party, who presided over the meeting, declared that he had never belonged to an anti-Jewish party and that the leader of the Young German League, M. Mahraun, had also stated that he was not an anti-Semite.
M. Weil then anounced that German Jewry welcomed the fact that an important part of the German people was opposed to anti-Semitism and that the new party would take over the leadership in fighting the anti-Semitic National Socialists.
Officials of the new party have written to the Central Association of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith informing the Association’s leaders that the Constitutional Party is without religious prejudices and that its leading officers as well as its representatives in the Reichstag are similarly free of anti-Semitic bias.