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Reich Law Defining Jews’ Status Framed, Says London Herald

The Jews may remain in Germany as an alien race but rights of citizenship and intermarriage with Aryans are denied to them under the long-awaited law defining the status of the Jews in the Third Reich, the London Daily Herald will report tomorrow.

The details of the proposed law, which is based on the Nazi conception of the Aryan State, are reported by the Herald’s diplomatic correspondent. The paper, editorially, claims that the dispatch is most authentic.

The law, drafted by Professor Schmitt, who was delegated to prepare its text by the Nazi authorities, gives Jews the right to remain in Germany but denies them the right to form part of the German people. Under the law, according to the Daily Herald, Jews are unable to vote or to become members of the Reichstag or to enter the government services, including the army and navy.

The Jewish community, however, will have some representative organization through which it will have the right to make representations to the government in connection with Jewish affairs or to report Jewish grievances.

In matters of personal freedom, in civil and criminal cases, Jews will be subject to the same administration as Germans or foreigners residing in Germany. The Jews will be allowed to engage in all economic, industrial and agricultural enterprises, but the number of Jews engaging in law and medicine and certain other professions will be limited, the Daily Herald reports.

Jewish children will be admitted to the ordinary elementary schools. Their numbers in the secondary schools and in the universities will, however, be limited. In districts with large Jewish populations, the Jews will be allowed to have their own schools.

The draft law completely prohibits intermarriage between Jews and Aryans. In connection with this clause, the Herald editorially ridicules the law prohibiting intermarriage of Aryans with Jews while intermarriage of German Aryans with Japanese is not prohibited.

The yielding of the Nazis to Japanese pressure on this point shows that the Nazis have not sufficient courage to carry out their own convictions of racial supremacy, the Daily Herald asserts.

The paper condemns the Nazi doctrines as “crazy” and the Nazi conception of the German race as “grotesque.”

“Only in a crazy society can men of Hitler’s and Goebbel’s physical appearance claim to be of the Nordic race without ridicule,” the paper comments.

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