Nazi Decree Removes Jews in Reich and Protectorate from Jurisdiction of Courts

A decree removing all Jews remaining in Germany and the Czech Protectorate from the jurisdiction of civil and criminal courts and placing them under the control of the police authorities is published in a recent issue of the Reichsanzeiger, official gazette of the German Government, received here today. The decree also provides that all property belonging to Jews reverts to the state upon their death.

The first section of the new law stipulates that illegal acts committed by Jews are punishable by the police and also that the penal law of September, 1941, which applied specifically to Poles and Jews no longer covers the latter. Although this law was more severe than the German penal code for other persons, it prescribed a definite legal procedure in dealing with Jewish offenders.

The second section of the decree provides that although all property belonging to a Jew is confiscated at his death, the state can compensate non-Jews who were entitled to support by the deceased. Such compensation can take the form of an amount not exceeding the value of the confiscated property or deeds to that property.

The third section of the regulation states that the Reich authorities can determine to what extent the entire decree is applicable to foreign Jews, while the fourth section stipulates that the decree is valid in the Czech Protectorate. It is signed by Dr. Wilhelm Frick, Minister of the Interior; Martin Bormann, chairman of the Nazi Party; Count Schwerin Von Krosig, Minister of Finance and Dr. Otto G. Thierack, Minister of Justice.

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