Berlin (Nov. 18)
The statute prohibiting adoption of Jewish children by Aryan families, or Aryan children by Jewish families, with the added ruling that it is to have retroactive force, was approved today by the Reich government.
Proposed by the Ministry of Justice, the statute also provides for measures to be taken against marriage between persons of different race, if the motive of the union is the acquisition of a royal title. This provision is not to work retroactively unless one of the married pair proves that the motive of the union was solely the acquisition of titular distinction. In this case the marriage tie is automatically to be cancelled.
In editorial discussion of proposed legislation to prohibit intermarriage completely, the Deutsche Juristen Zeitung voices its opinion that such a ruling, working retroactively, would be “anti-moral and anti-religious.”
Children of mixed marriages would give rise to considerable complications the newspaper points out.
Approving future application of such a law, the article urges that no legislation of this kind be passed with ex post facto force because existing statutes make racial incompatibility ground for separation.
Following a heated dispute on the subject of retaining the Old Testament as part of the Holy Gospel, the Superior Council of the Protestant Church has suspended all new regional regulations recently perpetrated by governmental decree, including the Aryan clause which would eject divines who have the taint of ancestral blood that was Jewish. This action was taken pending enactment of an all-German church law.