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New Alien Registration Law in Reich Seen Prelude to Mass Expulsion Drive

A wholesale expulsion drive against stateless and eastern European Jews is expected to follow a new law, which enters into force Oct. 1, requiring all foreigners in Germany to register with the police every three months. It is estimated that at least 80,000 Polish, 7,000 Rumanian and other East European Jews, in addition to 17,000 stateless Jews, reside in Germany. The number of stateless is increasing daily, since the Polish and Rumanian governments are continually cancelling citizenships while the Gestapo is pressing the denaturalization campaign against German Jews.

Expulsion notices, usually with four weeks’ grace, have lately averaged 50 per month. Intensification of the drive is feared since an official explanation of the new law states that it is designed to give the authorities opportunity to expel “undesirable aliens.”