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German Poll Shows 57%
Want End to Nazi Trials
Must Be Upheld
The Germans and
Vol. XLVI I, No.
Fifty-seven per cent of West Germans want an end to the prosecutions
of Nazi war criminals, a West German public opinion poll reported Tuesday. Among
respondents over 30 years of age, 46 per cent said they had heard of Nazi atrocities
against the Jews during the war. Six per cent did not answer that question. and 40
per cent said they learned of such crimes only after the end of the war in 1945.
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Johnson Urged to Encourage
Israel-Bonn Ties; Diplomatic
Relations Backed by Knesset
Buntlesrat Extends St atute;
Seek to Oust Ex Nazi 'Judges
BONN (JTA)—The West German parliamentary upper house, the
Bundesrat, voted to extend the deadline for prosecution of Nazi war
criminals beyond May 8.
In so doing, the Bundesrat did not act on new legislation. The
members simply decided that two draft laws pending before the lower
house, the Bundestag, which were approved in principle last week, would
assure the continued prosecution of Nazi war criminals, and that this
met the wish of the Bundesrat. The Bundestag, in endorsing the principle
of extending the effective date of the statute of limitations for prosecu-
tion for murder, sent the matter to its legal committee to work out the
-details, and report back in about 20 days.
The Bundesrat also voted 29 to 12, for a law providing for the com-
pulsory retirement of any judge or state prosecutor who took part in
Nazi terror judgments. The law provides for an amendment to the West
German constitution to that effect.
The target of the measure, which will be sent to the Bundestag, for
approval, will be individuals who took part before 1945 in death sentences
"if another judgment might have been possible." Bundesrat members
said the new law was made necessary by the discovery of new documents
in Poland and other countries on activities of German jurists during
the Nazi period.
The conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany urged
the German government and parliament to reopen the filing period for
registration of indemnification claims by Nazi victims who left Eastern
Europe in recent years. The claims conference also called for a satis-
factory solution of the major demands advanced on behalf of aged,
widowed, ill, and incapacitated victims of Nazi persecution.
A delegation of the claims conference met with Chancellor Erhard,
Vice Chancellor Mende, Foreign Minister Schroeder and Finance Minister
Dahigrun. The delegation conferred with the chairman of the Bundestag
Indemnification Committee, Dr. Hirsch, and his vice-chairman, Prof.
Boehm, and called on the leaders of the political parties in the Bunde-
stag, Dr. Konrad Adenauer, the leaders of the Christian Democratic and
Social Democratic parties.
The delegation consisted of Dr. Nahum Goldmann, conference presi-
dent; Jacob Blaustein, senior vice-president; Moses Leavitt, treasurer;
Dr. Ernst Katzenstein, permanent representative in Germany; and Saul
Kagan, special consultant.
JERUSALEM—After a five-hour debate Tuesday, the Knesset approved
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's proposal for diplomatic relati:slis with Germany.
The Israel-Bonn alliance is being acclaimed widely throughout the world,
except in Arab countries, where there have been demonstrations against Bonn.
But the Arabs are far from united in their protests, and in Bonn it was indi-
cated that the threat of an Arab boycott against West Germany is statistically
unimportant. At the Arab Oil Congress in Cairo, proposals are being made
to use oil as a political weapon in the current dispute.
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President Johnson was urged Tuesday by Senator Jacob
K. Javits, New York Republican, to express American support of West Germany on
Bonn's decision to recognize Israel diplomatically despite Arab threats. Senator Ja-
Vits depicted such a move as an effective a n s we r to Egyptian President Nasser's
The New York Senator praised Tuni sian leader Habib Bourguiba for his cour-
age in dissenting from Nasser's extreme anti-Israel line. In a Senate speech, Senator
Javits said the German-Israeli rapprochement could serve as a lesson for the Arabs to
The State Department declined to comment on Israel's formal acceptance of
West Germany's invitation to establish diplomatic relations. A department spokesman
said this was a matter that was up to the governments directly concerned.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's Cabinet voted at its weekly meeting Sunday
to accept the proposal made by West Germany's Chancellor Ludwig Erhard for the
establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Bonn government and Israel.
All of the members of the Cabinet except the two ministers representing Ah-
dut Avoda, which is a member of the go vernment coalition, voted in favor of accept-
ing Dr. Erhard's offer. The two Ahdut Av oda members, Minister of Labor Yigal Al-
lon and Minister of Transport Israel Ba r-Yehuda, said they would notify Prime
Minister Levi Eshkol of their party's stand on the issue after the matter had been
discussed by their party's central committee. (At that meeting later, the party voted
against establishment of ties.)
Eshkol told the Cabinet he had grou nds to assume that agreement will be
reached between Israel and West Germany on all the controversial questions still at
7 Communities Give 11 Per Cent Increases
o UJA: 16 Per Cent Rise Is Reported Here
Marked increases in contributions to the United Jewish Appeal point to a record year for the UJA,
Max M. Fisher, national chairman, reported at a meeting of the 34-member national executive com-
mittee, held here on Monday at the Standard Club.
Fisher, who reported $25,334,000 raised thus far in 97 communities exclusive of New York City,
said that it represented an increase 11 per cent over 1964, and he viewed the results as "most
. He pleaded, however, that "with only a quarter of the campaign completed, Amer',.can Jews must
give more and work longer and harder to assure that the total raised this year exceeds last year's.
It is urgent that the needs of nearly three quarters of a million people in Israel and throughout the
world who look to UJA be answered with- increased generosity and harder campaigning."
Fisher's report on a national level coincided with reports that the Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign
had reached the $3,000,000 mark and represented an increase of 16 per cent in giving over last year.
Addressing the nation-al executive committee meeting here, Louis A. Pincus, treasurer of the Jew-
ish Agency, reported that 250,000 Jews had come to Israel in the last four years, that immigration is
continuing at an exceedingly high level, that the last four years marked "the longest sustained period
of heavy- immigration into Israel since the country's first few years."
Plans were made at Monday's meeting for UJA to send a study mission to Europe and Israel in
October to ascertain on needs to be filled by American Jews in 1966. It was decided to hold the annual
national UJA conference in December.
Fisher announced the creation of new national UJA posts and the assignment of the following to
Edward Ginsberg, Cleveland, chairman of the 97-man national campaign cabinet; Melvin Dubin-
sky, -St. Louis, chairman of the 1,000-member UJA national committee; Joseph D. Shane, Los Angeles,
UJA West Cbast chairman; David Lowenthal, Pittsburgh, chairman UJA community missions; Israel
D. Fink, Minneapolis, chairman of pre-campaign budgeting; Philip Zinman, cash-drive chairman.
Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman of New York, UJA executive vice-chairman, submitted a report on
campaign activities at the conclusion of Monday's sessions. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher were hosts to local
leaders and to the national executive committee . at a dinner that concluded the nation-al meeting.
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Iliontrea 1 Probes 'licit Christ'
Glorification of Hitler; Bias
Reported it, Delaware Vallen
MONTREAL (JTA) — An investigtaion is under way by the Mont-
real Catholic School Commission of the practices by a seventh-grade
teacher in a Catholic school who has compared Hitler to Christ as "a
great leader," decorated his blackboard with a photo of Hitler and the
swastika symbol, and organized his class of 11-year-old boys into Nazi-
type military cadres, including "SS-men."
However, while the probe is on, and the offending Hitler photos
have been ordered removed, Jean-Marie Mathieue, the Commission's di-
rector of teaching, as well as Brother Asselin, director of the school,
took no exception to the teacher's practices.
The teacher is 22-year-old Brother Rene Lahaie, who is in his first
year on the faculty of the elementary school, Lan Mannais Catholique. In
addition to comparing Hitler to Christ and displaying the swastika, he
had also taught his children to say each day: "Heil Christ."
Mathieue said the teacher's "intentions were good, but the pro-
cedure itself is certainly extraordinary and open to criticism."
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Ile Philadelphia chapter of the American
Jewish Committee reported that there was still "a notable absence of
Jews from positions of impoOant responsibility in major industrial cor-
porations, business and financial institutions" in the Delaware Valley
area, which includes this city.
Chapter spokesmen said .in examination of the 16 largest industrial
corporations in the Philadelphia area showed that less than 1 per cent
of the 353 officers and high level executives were Jewish, while less
than 4 per cent of the board. members were Jewish.