Thuringian Prayers of Hate Toward Jews Discontinued

The prayers of hatred toward Jews which had been ordered said in the Thuringian schools by Minister of Education Frick have been ordered withdrawn by the Minister himself. The order of withdrawal was issued after Frick was finally compelled to publish an official government paper which stated that such prayers are in violation of the constitution of the German republic.

Since they assumed the reins of government in the German state of Thuringia several month ago, Frick and the other anti-Semitic members of the Thuringian cabinet have been held responsible for the fierce anti-Jewish agitation which has been going on in that state. Besides introducing the anti-Jewish prayers in the schools, an anti-schechita law had been passed and other discriminations against Jews were planned by the Thuringian government. Public propaganda to beat, annihilate and kill the Jews was carried on openly in Thuringia a few months ago. The Jewish population of Thuringia, whose capital is Weimar, is very small.

Following discussion of the anti-Semitic prayer in the Reichstag and intervention by the German government, the High Court at Leipzig, last June, ruled the prayers were illegal, and should be withdrawn. Despite this decision Minister Frick insisted he would continue to use them.

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