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Girl, Converted to Catholicism While Minor, is Ordered to Go Home

December 5, 1928
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Father Meets Missing Daughter on Lemberg Street, Refuses to Let Her Go (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Meeting his daughter, Fanny, who had been missing for two years on one of the streets of Lemberg, accompanied by two nuns, Ephraim Promis, refused to let her go, causing his and her own arrest by the police on a charge of disorderly conduct.

At the police station a stirring drama was revealed in the explanations of the prisoners. The girl, who was a servant, disappeared two years ago. All search failed to locate her. During this period, it was revealed, Fanny had been kept in a Catholic convent, where she was converted. Now, confronted by her father, she declared that she prefers to go back to the convent.

Frantically the father appealed to Deputy Reich, representative from Galicia in the Polish Sejm, who in return appealed to the State Attorney. The State Attorney ordered the prisoners’ release without further charge and directed the girl to return to her home, as her conversion while she is still under legal age, cannot be recognized.

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