Soviet Government Rules Carpathian Jews Cannot Apply for Czechoslovak Citizenship
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Soviet Government Rules Carpathian Jews Cannot Apply for Czechoslovak Citizenship

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The Soviet Government has ruled that it will no longer permit Carpatho-Ukraine Jews to apply for Czechoslovak citizenship under the agreement between the USSR and Czechoslovakia, which provides that Czechs and Slovaks in the Carpatho-Ukraine can choose either Soviet or Czechoslovak citizenship, it was reported here today.

Commenting on the report, the Czechoslovakian Foreign Office today stated that Carpathian Jews who are already in Czechoslovakia will not be compelled to return to the Carpatho-Ukraine. At the same time, it was announced here that Jews who are married to Germans must leave Czechoslovakia.

Official discrimination against Jews is occurring in various towns in Bohemia and Moravia following a speech delivered recently by the Home Secretary in which he stated than in many cases Jews in Czechoslovakia belong in the category as Germans, and therefore measures applied to Germans should be applied to them.

In the town of Opava, a teacher lecturing on political science asserted that Jews in Czechoslovakia were always “Germanizers.” In the Bohemian town of Kyjov, a special commission established to decide which of the local residents were to be considered Germans classified 12 Jewish families as “German,” even though they claimed Jewish nationality in the census of 1930.

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