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St. Thomas Law Review

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR: "ARMS IN THE HANDS OF JEWS ARE A DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY": NAZISM, FIREARM REGISTRATION, AND THE NIGHT OF THE BROKEN GLASS

Winter, 2009

ST. THOMAS LAW REVIEW

21 St. Thomas L. Rev. 109

Author

Stephen P. Halbrook 1

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I. INTRODUCTION: A LINGERING QUESTION ON GUN CONTROL AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT
 
In 1938, just weeks before Reichskristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass), in Nazi Germany, Berlin police arrested Alfred Flatow. 2 His crime: being a Jew in lawful possession of firearms. 3 The police knew he possessed firearms because he dutifully registered them in 1932 under a decree by the liberal Weimar Republic. 4 In anticipation of the pogrom, the Nazi leadership launched a campaign to disarm Jews. 5 Flatow was one of many who were arrested and turned over to the Gestapo. 6 He would eventually be deported and die in a concentration camp. 7

The police may not have realized that they had arrested a world-class gymnast who won the gold for Germany at the 1896 Olympics. 8 A check of his name, birth date, and birth place from the arrest report corresponds to one and the same Alfred Flatow, who was among the athletes who competed for Germany in the Athens Games, winning first place in the parallel bar events (individual and team), and second place in the horizontal bar event. 9

Flatow's arrest record is in the Landesarchiv Berlin in a file labeled House Searches of Jews 1938-39. 10 The arrest record, made on a standard four page police form entitled Report Concerning Political Incident, tells tales about the use of firearms registration laws to repress Jews in Nazi Germany. 11 Two similar arrest reports were found in the same file. 12
 
 
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