GERMANY: Confiscation Question

The Reichstag definitely rejected last week by a vote of 242 to 236 a bill, sponsored by Socialists and Communists, which provided that property originally belonging to the former German nobility and seized from them by the Republic should be retained without compensation.

The purpose of the bill, which admittedly never stood the slightest chance of passing, was merely to record publicly the Reichstag's opposition to all such proposals, thereby clearing the way for a national referendum on this highly important question.

Thoroughgoing Germans have already cast over ten million ballots in a...

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