Jews Cannot Plead in Court or Be Executors Under Two New Decisions
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Jews Cannot Plead in Court or Be Executors Under Two New Decisions

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The principle of a decision handed down by the Labor Court and featured in the current issue of the Juristische Wochenschrift, is that under no circumstances is a Jew allowed to plead in court, independently of whether he is appearing as a lawyer or as representative of a particular trade or vocation.

The occasion for this decision was the appearance of the Jewish secretary of a labor union before the Labor Court, to plead for one of the union members in a dispute between employers and employe.

The lawyers present publicly demanded of the judge that he refuse the Jewish representative the right to appear, which he did. The judge declared that although the government regulations in regard to the inadmissability of Jews referred only to Jewish lawyers and Jewish notaries he nevertheless must act in the spirit not the letter of the government regulations and forbade the Jewish representative to appear.

A court at Cologne resolved yesterday that a Jewish executor for a non-Jewish will was inadmissable.

The Jewish executorship, which was cancelled, had originally been granted under the will of a Christian woman who died recently.

The will was made in 1929, the court expalined and although the woman died in February, 1933, she couldn’t have known how conditions in Germany would be now. Otherwise, the court stated, he felt sure that she would have changed the will of her own accord, substituting an Aryan for the Jewish executor.

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