Second Decree Implementing the Law Concerning the Change in Family Names

(August 17, 1938)


Article 1

  1. Jews may receive only those first names which are listed in the directives of the Ministry Of The Interior concerning the use of first names.
  2. This provision does not apply to Jews of a foreign nationality.

Article 2

  1. If Jews should bear first names other than those permitted to Jews according to Paragraph I, they must, as of 1st January, 1939, adopt an additional name. For males, that name shall be: Israel, for females: Sara.

In a circular instruction of the Ministry Of The Interior, these names were announced as Jewish first names:

Male First Names:

Female First Names: