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Jewish Youth Loses Travel Aid by Edict

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German-Jewish youths, who have undoubtedly been among the worst sufferers from the discriminatory legislation of the Hitler regime, have suffered a cruel blow in the prohibition of their student organizations by the Reich committee on German youth associations.

Among other things, this means that young Jews can no longer find a welcome in the youth houses which dot Germany and where, for years, the young men and women met in a spirit of camaraderie.

It means also that they lose the privilege of lower railroad rates and the consequent deprivation of travel, which has always bulked large in German education. The low fares and the slight cost of lodgings brought excursions within the reach of nearly all members of the youth organizations and enabled them to learn to know their native land.

“More so than many other things, these excursions into all parts of Germany and living with the various types of German people would have contributed to the deep rooting of the Jews in Germany,” comments the organ of the Central Union of Germans of the Jewish Faith, in discussing the blow struck at German-Jewish youth. “And just at this time, when his native soil is being increasingly recognized as important in the development of the individual, the young German Jew is deprived of his native landscape.”

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