Berlin (May. 22)
On the eve of the new Prussian Parliament which was elected a month ago, in which the Hitlerists constitute the largest single Party, the Prussian Government, headed by Herr Braun, the Prime Minister, and Herr Severing, the Minister of the Interior, has resigned.
It is generally assumed that the Hitlerists will form the new Prussian Government.
When the election results were declared on April 24th. it was immediately stated that the composition of the new House would make it impossible for the Braun Government to retain office. The new Prussian Parliament, which is to open on Tuesday, contains 160 Hitlerist Deputies (where in the last Parliament there were only 9), 30 German Nationals and 12 other Deputies of various Parties of the Right, making a total of 202 on the Hitlerist side, against 169 of the Parties constituting the Braun Government, made up of 93 Social Democrats, 68 Centre Party Deputies and 8 Deputies of the Democratic State Party. The Communists with 56 seats hold the balance between the two sides, and their presence complicates the position, since they can turn out a Government of either side by voting against it.
It is suggested that for this reason, instead of a Hitlerist Government succeeding to power, the Federal Government may appoint a Cabinet of officials to carry on the administrative work of the Prussian State, without being subject to a vote of confidence of the House.
About 70 per cent. of the Jews in Germany live in Prussia, the majority in the capital, Berlin.