Menu JTA Search

Evangelical Church in Saxony Abolishes Nazi Order Marking Jewish Birth of Members

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

The Evangelical Churches of Lower Saxony, in the British zone of Germany, have decided to eliminate from their records the first names of “Sarah” and “Israel” which the Nazis forced those of their members who had originally been Jews to assume, it was reported here today from Hamburg. The Nazi order applied not only to Jews who had changed their religion, but also to non-Jewish spouses of Jews.

A German court in Bielefeld has convicted Dr. Emanuel Schaefer, former Gestapo chief of Breslau, Oppeln, Kattowice and Koeln and one-time major general in the Gestapo, of crimes against humanity and against the Jews. His sentence was 21 months in jail.

NEXT STORY