Berlin (Sep. 28)
Prolonged negotiations by the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith with officials of the Leipzig Fair, looking toward the removal of the question of religion on employment application blanks, have fallen through, it was announced today.
The Central Union declares that although the Fair authorities are not prompted by anti-Semitic motives, still their insistence upon a statement of the applicant’s religion is due undoubtedly to prejudice against the Jews in view of the present situation in Germany.
Fair officials, according to the Central Union, assert that knowledge of the applicant’s religion is required because many employers demand this information and that Jewish employers frequently ask that Jewish employes only be secured for them.
The Fair officials declined however to show proof of this statement to the Central Union representatives. The latter believe that only a small group of Jews make such requests, in all probability those who deal with Jewish ritual articles.
Regret is expressed by the Central Union that the negotiations did not yield satisfactory results.