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Lublin High Court Rules Czarist Restrictions on Land Purchase by Jews Still Operative

The Czarist law prohibiting the purchase of land by Jews are still in force in Poland, the Lublin High Court ruled yesterday.

The decision was handed down in the case of a Jew who lent money to a peasant for a mortgage. When the peasant failed to pay, the Jew foreclosed and sold the land to another peasant.

The court declared the transaction to be illegal on the ground that a Jew cannot take over land in lieu of a mortgage and cannot sell the land, under the Czarist law of 1891.