Law Concerning the Order of the Society of Jesus of July 4, 1872
1. The Order of the Society of Jesus and other orders related to it, as well as the similar order-like Congregations, are debarred hereby from the territory of the German Reich.
The formation of establishments shall be dissolved within a period of time set by the Bundesrat, which shall not be longer than six months.
2. The members of the Order of the Society of Jesus or orders related to it or the similar order-like Congregations can be banished, if they are foreigners, from the territory of the Confederation; if they are natives, their residence in certain districts or places can be denied, or they can be banished.
3. The necessary regulations for the implementation and execution of this law shall be proclaimed by the Bundesrat.
Given at Bad Ems, July 4, 1872.
Prince von Bismarck
Source of English translation: Louis L. Snyder, ed., Documents of German History. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1958, p. 232.
Source of original German text: Reichsgesetzblatt, 1872, p. 253, reprinted in Ernst Rudolf Huber, ed., Dokumente zur Deutschen Verfassungsgeschichte [Documents on German Constitutional History], 3rd rev. ed., vol. 2, 1851-1900. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1986, vol. 2, p. 461.