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Jews Along Entire Czechoslovak Border Slated for Expulsion by Nazis

April 15, 1938
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It was reliably learned today that explosion of Jews residing within 50 kilometres of Austria’s eastern frontier will be extended to include a stretch 50 kilometres wide along the entire Czechoslovak border, involving thousands of Jewish families of Upper and Lower Austria, Bavaria, Saxony and Silesia.

To date expulsions of Jews, totalling several hundred, have been confined to the Burgenland province, which lies east of Vienna and borders both Czechoslovakia and Hungary. (A Prague dispatch yesterday reported the expulsions were being carried out on direct orders from Berlin “for strategic reasons.”)

All Jews now held at the Dachau, Germany, concentration camp will go to Palestine after their release, it was learned today. Certificates for entry to Palestine have already been received for three Jewish leaders interned at Dachau. Receipt of additional certificates is anticipated shortly.

It was decreed today that Nazi commissars for Austrian enterprises, including foreign-owned shops with branches in Austrian provinces, will be appointed until October I. The decree emphasizes that where commissars are in charge, practically all owners’ rights are suspended. Salary of the commissars, it is stated, is to be paid by the business in proportion to its full economic capacity whether or not the capacity is fully used. Commissars are already established in hundreds of Austrian enterprises, mostly Jewish-owned.

To assure the “purity of German blood,” the illegitimacy laws have been changed to facilitate establishment of a child’s parentage. The husband is now able to attack the legitimacy of a child at any time within a year after the establishment of the circumstances of illegitimacy, instead of a year after birth.

The new law emphasizes that strong efforts will be made to establish a child’s race. In all cases of illegitimacy the public prosecutor, instead of the husband only, is given the right to instigate proceedings where it is held in the public interest. Furthermore, medical inquiry and blood tests will be permitted as additional evidence.

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