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Reich Frees 2 Lithuanian Jews when Government Protests Arrest

Strong representations by the Lithuanian Government resulted in the release today of two Jewish citizens of that country held in Leipzig and Dresden on charges of having committed “Rassenschande” (racial defilement).

Both will be deported as undesirable aliens, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed today.

According to one of the Jews, Yomtov Lipman, who had been in a Leipzig jail for one month on the “Rassenschande” charge, about sixty foreign citizens are being held in the Leipzig jail on trumped up charges and denunciations. Most of these, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed, are of Polish and Czechoslovakian citizenship. Leo Balkind, the second Lithuanian Jew, had spent nineteen days in a Dresden jail on the “Rassenschande” charge.

In a sharp note of protest when it was informed of the arrests of two of her citizens, the Lithuanian Government told the German Government that it could not countenance the application of the Nuremberg racial laws to its citizens and that such application was in violation of the terms of the German-Lithuanian treaty of 1928.

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