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Jewish Lawyers Barred from Oath to New Rumanian Charter; Face Practice Ban

March 4, 1938
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The Bar Council today instructed all lawyers, excepting those of Jewish origin, to take the oath of allegiance to the new constitution. Jewish attorneys’ groups protested against their not being permitted “to show loyalty to the throne and fatherland by taking the oath.”

Lawyers failing to take the oath by March 6 will be stricken off the bar register and will not be allowed to practice. Jewish barristers will be stricken off the register pending the revision of Jewish citizenships, after which they must apply anew for registration.

Exceptions are made for those Jewish lawyers who are war invalids, or have been decorated for exceptional bravery on the battlefields, or were registered before Dec. 1, 1918. These will be permitted to take the oath immediately.

For other Jewish lawyers, who must await completion of the citizenship revision, it is highly problematical whether they will be readmitted to the bar. Concern is felt in Jewish professional circles regarding suspension of rights pending the revision since professional unions have decided not to accept Jews, thus depriving them of the possibility of continuing their occupations even after the revision has been completed.

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