VIENNA (Jan. 27)
“Racial differences between husband and wife may be an excuse for adultery,” a Viennese judge decided today, according to the Havas News Agency. His decision was handed down in the case of a Jewish woman who asked for a divorce from her husband, who was accused of numerous acts of adultery.
The court granted the divorce because of various wrongs which the defendant was alleged to have done his wife. The decision pointed out, however, that “adulteries had been committed because of temperamental incompatibilities arising from a difference in races.”
This statement was regarded as a sensational judicial precedent in so far as the court found a measure of justification for adultery in racial principles.