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Slovakia Bans Jews in Journalism, Sets 4% Limit for Lawyers

April 20, 1939
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A sweeping anti-Semitic law modeled along the lines set by “protector” Nazi Germany was promulgated today by the Slovak Government. The measure defined Jews as (1) Anyone who was not baptized before Oct. 30, 1918; (2) Anyone not affiliated with any faith who had at least one Jewish parent; (3) Anyone who had a Jewish father or mother who was baptized later than Oct. 30, 1918; (4) Anyone living with a Jew, or any children born of such a union.

The measure restricted Jewish lawyers to four percent of the total legal profession and entirely banned Jews from journalism.

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