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2 Jews Interned Abroad Lose in Plea to U.S. Court

October 9, 1940
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Federal courts cannot compel the Secretary of State to expedite passports to persons claiming American citizenship, even when they are held in concentration camps abroad, Justice Bolitha Laws of the Federal Court here ruled yesterday.

The ruling came as a result of a suit filed by Mrs. Fanny Rubinowicz, a prisoner at Leszno, Poland, and her sister, Mrs. Wera Giegerich, now in a concentration camp at Gars, France. Both claimed to have been born in this country, but have lived abroad in Russia and other countries since 1897. Their attorney announced he would carry the case to the Court of Appeals, pointing out the State Department had their passport applications “under advisement” for several months.

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