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German Jews are Fined

The hostile attitude of Jewry toward the German People and Reich, which does not even shrink from cowardly murder, calls for determined resistance and severe expiation. Based on the Decree of October 18, 1936, for the Implementation of the Four-Year Plan (Reichsgesetzblatt, I, p. 887), I therefore order the following:

§ 1

The totality of Jews who are German subjects will pay a Kontribution (fine) of 1,000,000,000 (one billion) Reichsmarks to the German Reich.

§ 2

The Reich Minister of Finance in cooperation with the other Ministers concerned will issue regulations for the implementation of this order.

Berlin, November 12, 1938

Plenipotentiary for the Four-Year Plan


Field Marshal General

Reichsgesetzblatt, I, 1938, p. 1579.

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