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An astonishing "inquisition for lovers" in Germany was published in the Official Gazette recently as part of the detailed provisions of the marriage health laws which were passed in October last.

It consists of an exact reproduction of the forms which must be filled up on behalf, of the bride and bridegroom by the doctor who conducts the examination necessary before they are allowed to obtain a permit of "marriage worthiness/"

Without this certificate marriage is not allowed. With it, the couple may marry, provided that the marriage does not contravene the "Aryan protection laws." which were passed in Nuremberg in September. .

The main form which the doctor has to fill up is called an examination sheet. It must bear at the top lefthand corner two photographs of tho bride or bridegroom, one taken fullface and the other , ; profile. It also has to show the signatures of the parents.

After a space for such items as profession, religion of father, mother, and candidate, and all previous medical attention, the inquiry goes on to demand intimate details. They include:

,v When did the candidate learn to walk and speak? Did he or she suffer from any child illnesses?

Give details of spiritual development,

school and professional training, and possible criminal tendencies.

Give details of sexual life. Has she or he any sexual diseases?

Does he smoke or drink? Has'the candidate any non-German blood? / What is the colour of eyes and hair? What is the circumference of the head and chest?

What is the general bodily condition, with details of bone construction, muscular development, disposition of fat, body construction, poise and type of race?

. Finally a whole page is provided for details of the nose, mouth, glands, lungs, heart, pulse, etc.

On the' basis of these details the doctor must certify that he recommends the candidate to marry or not to marry. '

Germans who live abroad can obtain such certificates from doctors recommended by the diplomatic representative and approved by the local Nazi political leader. The provisions are signed by Herr Hess, Hitler's deputy; Doctor Frick, Minister of the^ Interior; and Dr. Goertner, Minister of Justice. . ..

The papers publish a circular from the Minister of the Interior stating, that exceptions may be made to the Nuremberg racial laws about marriages of Jews in "quite especial cases."

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AN "INQUISITION FOR LOVERS", Evening Post, Issue 51, 29 February 1936

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AN "INQUISITION FOR LOVERS" Evening Post, Issue 51, 29 February 1936

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