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‘Aryan Clause’ Forreichswehr Strikes a Snag

April 13, 1934
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today from unusually reliable sources that the introduction of the "Aryan clause" in the Reichswehr, the regular German army, has struck a snag. The ousting of Jews and Jewish descended officers and men from the army was supposed to have been completed by May 1. The authorities have, however, encountered serious difficulties and there have been practically no dismissals.

Most of the officers served in the World War and are therefore exempt from the application of the "Aryan clause," but nevertheless an attempt has been made to replace the "non-Aryan" officers with storm troopers.

The officers’ corps of the Reichswehr is consistently opposing the introduction of outsiders into the regular army.

Although a considerable number of the higher officers are "non. Aryans," few are actually Jews. Most are descended from Jews while a few are baptized.

The announcement of the Nazi government that the "Aryan clause" would be applied to the Reichswehr came as a surprise, since it was known that President von Hindenburg was personally interested in the regular army and had opposed the introduction of "coordination" there.

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