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Parliamentary Immunity Protects Anti-semites from Legal Action in Germany

December 17, 1928
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May Introduce Bill Prohibiting Deputies from Assuming Editorships (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A decision by the Committee on Ways and Means of the German Reichstag to lift the immunity of a member of the anti-Semitic Voelkische Party focused attention on the fact that the disseminators of anti-Semitic propaganda are hiding themselves under the immunity granted to members of parliament.

The Committee voted to lift the immunity of Deputy Strasser, who is the responsible editor of nine anti-Semitic newspapers and is thus in a position to carry on recklessly an anti-Jewish agitation without fear of penalty.

An investigation showed that Deputy Ley, a member of the Hitler group, is the responsible editor of ten anti-Semitic newspapers.

The question is now being considered in government circles to introduce into parliament a bill prohibiting deputies to assume editorial duties.

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