Jews Purged from Legal Profession in Nazi Poland

Elimination of Jews from the legal profession in Nazi Poland is reported by the official German newspaper Warschauer Zeitung, copies of which reached here today. The purge, the newspaper states, “is welcomed not only by Polish lawyers but by the Polish population in general, which suffered so long from exploitation by Jewish lawyers.”

The newspaper reports that 1,000 of Warsaw’s 2,237 lawyers were of the Jewish religion and that many more were of Jewish descent. Registration of all lawyers was ordered by the German civil authorities. Any unregistered attorneys continuing to give legal advice in any form will be liable to the heaviest punishment, the newspaper states.

According to the Warchauer Zeitung, many of the banned Jewish lawyers have opened offices as “interpreters” of the law and are suspected of continuing their legal practice “under cover of a new profession.” Under the Nazi order, all Jews are barred from acting as “interpreters” as well, since these are allowed to function only on the basis of special licenses issued by the Nazi administration.

The same newspaper reports issuance by Chief Health Officer Schrempe of a warning to the public to avoid the Jewish quarters and Jewish markets in Warsaw because of the danger of typhus.

According to the Zeitung, the sugar ration for Jews in occupied Poland has been limited to 250 grams weekly, while Poles get double that amount.

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