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Nazi Ordinance Seen to Aim at Extinction of Communal Life of Jews of Germany

The Jewish community here, which has had a recognized official status, is in danger of losing that status, with the implied right of collecting taxes and applying them to social and communal purposes.

This is expected to result from the authoritative opinion expressed today in connection with this morning’s official ordinance providing that statutory religious institutions must not employ Jews. In view of the fact that the Jewish community is such an institution, it is feared that the next step will be to declare the Jewish community a private organization, which would entail the loss of its public rights.

Today’s press, in featuring the ordinance in the official gazette, declares it an intensified application of the Aryan paragraph in the Nazi code, but refrains, however, from more extended comment.