Reaction Lukewarm on Statute Verdict
He emphasized that he favors
with understanding for the prob- a statement by its executive sec- and West Germany, declaring, "I
lems of the Jews, who is free retary, Benjamin Tabachnik, also am for reconciliation with Ger- not only reconciliation between
the statute of limitations for the from the taint of Nazism." He expressed its "great disappoint- many because one cannot undo the the State, of Israel and the Ger-
prosecution of Nazi war criminals made that statement after a con- ment" over the short, new cut-off past." His statement on the new
developments in Bonn-Jerusalem man government but also rap-
by 41/2 years came here this week ference with Dr. Erhard in which date voted by the Bundestag.
"As long as the generation of relations appeared in an inter- prochement between the Israeli
from Jewish leaders and from the German leader assured Dr.
the murderers of the 6,000,000 view in Der Spiegel, the mass people and the German people.
Prinz that the issue of the prose-
organized German trade unions.
victims of Nazism is still alive," circulation, illustrated German
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president cution of major Nazi War crim-
the statement adopted by the weekly.
of the World Jewish Congress, ac- inals will be reconsidered and
JLC's presidium pledged, "Jew-
"I believe," he continued, "that,
cepted the Parliment's action extended during the next 41/2
ish workers and the Jewish peo- today, there is a Germany dif-
"basically," but voiced a reserva- years.
The American rabbi said that ple as a whole will not give up ferent from the one of the past.
tion. Now, he said, "one must wait
and see" what further material not only did the chancellor assure the search for the murders and I do not believe the Nazis could
on Nazi crimes will be found and him that the isue would be recon- the effort to bring to justice the return in Germany t o d a y. Of
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sidered but had "also told me Nazis guilty of the mass mur- course, I could never forget what
used by German prosecutors.
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Dr. Hendrick van Dam, general that a new criminal code, being
secretary of the Central Council prepared, may eliminate all stat- of the American Zionist Council, my own family — since all Jews
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of Jews in Germany, hailed the
said in a statement that the Bun- anybody else, can forget what hap-
In their conference, Rabbi destag decision is a "great disap-
"great majority" by which the
Bundestag passed the prolonga- Prinz, currently visiting West Ger- pointment. "It is enough of a pened to 6,000,000 Jews. But that
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stated that diplomatic relations but not enough of statesmanship day and they are not Nazis but
cut-off date of May 8, 1965.
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people like ourselves."
Robert Kempner, the former with Israel, just decided upon by to rejoice over it," he said.
American prosecutor at the War both Bonn and Jerusalem, would
"What the world expected from
Crimes Tribunal conducted by be "more than a formality."
Bonn was not a move of expedi-
the Allied powers after the war,
(Dr. Prinz is currently visiting ence but an act of atonement. It
called the step "a practical solu- Germany at the invitation of West is in the area of morality that
tion." But the West German Con- Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt and as Bonn failed us again."
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federation of Labor labeled the a guest of the Senate of West
Parliament action an "unsatis- Berlin. He has met with German
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Rabbi Joachim Prinz, president and religious leaders and spoken With Germany, Insists
of the American Jewish Congress, on German radio and television.)
now visiting West Germany, called
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said the proposed extension was the millions of men, women and lomatic relations between Israel
children destroyed by the Hitler
The image of the new Germany regime."
throughout the world is delicate
Meanwhile, Chancellor Ludwig
and no storm but only a slight Erhard appointed Max Weber, a
breeze is "needed to destroy it," member of his Christian Demo-
he told a meeting of the Jewish cratic Party, to the post of min-
community of Berlin.
ister of justice, vacated by Dr.
In an interview with the Jewish Ewald Bucher. The latter, who
Telegraphic A g e n c y, Dr. Prinz had insisted that no extension
said that the problem of the pro- whatever be voted, resigned im-
longation of the statute had two mediately after the Bundestag
sides — one juridical and the vote. He led his party, the Free
other psychological. He said Ger- Democrats, in voting against even
many had to consider realities — the mild move finally approved
namely the thousands and per- by Parliament.
haps millions of persons still alive Jewish Groups Disappointed
throughout the world who suffered With Bundestag Decision
directly or indirectly at the hands
NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish
of the Nazi murderers. Germany, organizations expressed disappoint-
he said, was a trauma for the ment over the action by the Bun-
Jewish people and also for man- destag, lower house of West Ger-
kind, and therefore the sensibility many's Parliment, in extending
of these people must be taken into the statute of limitations for the
account. This, he said, also ex- prosecution of war criminals by
plained strong world reaction to only 4 1/2 years.
Dr. John Slawson, executive
While the decision taken by vice-president of the American
the Bundestag may be the right Jewish Committee, welcomed on
one from the juridical point of behalf of the AJ Committee, the
view, Dr. Prinz said that psycho- extension of the deadline from
logically it was a wrong one, May 8, 1965, to Dec. 31, 1969, but
and the psychological factor was
the organization's "regret
most important in judging Ger- added
and disappointment" that a mini-
mum 10-year extension had not
He noted that after stormy been approved.
weeks of discussions on establish-
The decision taken by the Bun-
ing diplomatic relations between destag, said Dr. Slawson, "clearly
Israel and West Germany the recognizes West Germany's con-
world was served with the sooth- tinuing responsibilities to remove
ing statement that such relations the vestiges of the Hitler period.
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only 4I/2 years, he said, will doubt- American Jewish Committee hopes
lessly be heard with feelings of that West Germany will continue
deepest disappointment. The par-
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impression that Germany gives the
world from the moral viewpoint.
"Germany is still in the show
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