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Reich Jews May Marry Dutch Subjects in Holland

A German Jew wishing to marry a Dutch subject in Holland may legally do so, it was declared yesterday by Minister of Justice Dr. Van Schaik in the course of a discussion of the budget in the Second Chamber.

Dr. Van Schaik pointed out, however, that the legal position is still unclear in the case of a German woman “Aryan” who wishes to marry a Dutch Jew. This question, he said, will be decided by the Dutch courts soon.

The entire issue has been brought into the limelight here by the Nuremberg laws dealing with intermarriage of Jews and “Aryans,” Shortly after their promulgation on Sept. 15, the Marriage Registration Bureau in Amsterdam refused to grant a marriage license to a German Jew and a Dutch woman on the ground that Holland, by an international convention of 1902 to which it was a signatory together with Germany, was obliged to observe the Nuremberg intermarriage laws. The Marriage Bureau later reversed its decision in the case cited above since the application for the license had been issued before the laws were passed.

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