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Jewish School Children May Observe Sabbath Education Ministry Rules

The action of individual German schools in refusing Jewish pupils the right to stay away from classes on Saturday and in some cases compelling them to write on the Sabbath was corrected yesterday by an order from the ministry of education. The order stated that religious liberty still exists in Germany’s schools.

Jewish children should be excused from school on Saturday, if their parents insist, the order stated. Children also should be excused from writing on the Sabbath if they so desire, the order further declared.

The ministry of education added, however, that as a result of the granting of religious liberty the schools would not be held responsible if Jewish children fall behind in their work.