BERLIN (Dec. 31)
Legalists today were pondering the question of what under the Nuremberg laws, constitutes a Jewish firm as a result of two directly contradictory decisions handed down by courts in Saxony.
In the first case, the Saxony Nazi Party charged that the Detchek Coal Works, owned by Karl Detchek, a Czechoslovakian Jewish national, was violating the Nuremberg laws by displaying the Nazi swastika flag. The court ruled in favor of the firm, declaring that since the concern had only five Jewish workers among hundreds of “Aryans” it could not be considered a Jewish firm.
In the second case, Herties Department Store in Plauen, Saxony, owned by Herman Tietz, a Jew, sued a number of Nazis to restrain them from picketing his store. The court ruled in favor of the defendants with the explanation that since the store’s staff still included five Jews it could be considered a Jewish establishment and picketed as such.