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“rassenschande” Laws Not to Be Applied in Upper Silesia

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The Nuremberg “rassenschande” (racial pollution) laws will not be applied to those sections of Upper Silesia where the Polish-German convention approved by the League of Nations is in effect, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed today by a reliable authority.

In this connection, it was explained that the arrest on Saturday of Egon Gabiel, Upper Silesian Jew, occurred outside territory enjoying the protection of the international agreement. Gabiel was still in jail in Brieg today after having been seized in the small town of Grottkau. Upper Silesia is a plebiscite territory under the supervision of the League of Nations and while Germany is no longer a League member, she is still obligated by a Polish-German compact to observe national minority rights in that territory.

The “rassenschande” issue continued to hold the attention of legal circles in Hamburg where the Polish Consul informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that it had investigated the arrest of one Leo Fleichow who had been described as a Polish-Jewish citizen. Fleichow had been arrested on “rassenschande” charges and held for trial in the city of Altona.

Fleichow, the Polish Consul discovered, is a “staatenlose” or stateless person. His wife, however, is a Polish citizen and for that reason the Consul will continue to interest himself in the case.

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