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January 20, 1967 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-01-20

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Bonn Combating 'Ominous Mood,' Prinz Reports on Return from Germany

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK—Liberal groups in
the United States were urged Mon-
day night to help the West German
government overcome "an omi-
nous and growing national mood of
neo-Nazi sentiment."
Dr. Joachim Prinz, chairman of
the commission on international
affairs of the American Jewish
Congress, who returned recently
from a visit to West Germany,
called on American educators,
labor leaders, businessmen and
students to establish "close 'and
continuing contacts" with their
counterparts in West Germany in
order to aid the Bonn government
in making democracy work.
Asserting that the recently
formed West German coalition
government was "concerned"
about the growth of the neo-Nazi
National Democratic Party, but
uncertain on how to meet the
situation, Dr. Prinz said that Chan-
cellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, "de-
spite his Nazi past, is in my opin-
ion dedicated to strengthening
freedom and democracy in Ger-
He warned, however, that the
fact that a former Nazi could be
named chancellor "has given
vast encouragement to those
forces in Germany who demand
that the past be forgotten and
who insist that Germany be re-
stored to her 'place in the sun.' "
Dr. Prinz spoke at a "public
briefing" here, sponsored by the
American Jewish Congress and at-
tended by . more than 1,000 persons.
Meanwhile, at the United Na-
tions, Dr. Isaac Lewin, represent-
ing the Agudath Israel World Or-
ganization, urged the Subcommis-
sion on Prevention of Discrimina-

tion and Protection of Minorities
to take immediate steps to combat
neo-Nazism in Germany.
Dr. Lewin told the subcommis-
sion that "in the country where
the cancer of racial discrimination
grew to unparalleled dimensions
until it caused World War II, sud-
denly the movement has been re-
He stressed that neo-Nazism in
Germany was connected with rac-
ist organizations in other coun-
tries and urged the subcommission
to include in its study of racial
discrimination, a special chapter
dealing with neo-Nazism and its
relation to Nazism.
"Ways have to be found," Dr.
Lewin declared, particularly in
education, to counteract the in-
fluence of writings advocating rac-
In a related development, Dr.
William Korey, speaking for the
Coordinating Board of Jewish Or-
ganizations, urged the subcommis-
sion to establish a system of an-
nual "work-in-progress" reports
"to alert world opinion to specific
instances of incitement to hate."
Dr. Korey drew the attention of
the subcommission to "incitatory
hate propaganda" conducted
against the Jews in Guatemala by
Vice President Clemente Marro-
quin Rojas, a newspaper publisher.
This incitement, Dr. Korey said,
had taken on a "menacing charac-
Disclosure of such developments
in a "work-in-progress" report by
the subcommission, he said, "could
go a long way to counteract and
halt indicated dangers."
* * *

German 'Man on Street'
Not Concerned About
Neo-Nazism, Says Envoy

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)



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LONDON — Asher Ben-Nathan,
Israeli ambassador to West Ger-
many, said here Tuesday that the
West German man on the street
did not share the publicly ex-
pressed concern by leaders of the
government and the press "who
are anxious about the reappear-
ance of Nazi-type movements" in

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West Germany.
Speaking at a meeting of the
Joint Palestine Appeal here, the
envoy said German leaders were
trying to find out why such move-
ments had emerged and to fight
the phenomenon but public 'opin-
ion, he said, is less concerned to
probe the reasons "and is not tin-
duly worried about it."
-He said there was "some anti-
Semitism in Germany, as in
other Western countries, but
anti-Semitism in Germany means
something different in Germany
than anywhere else." He added
credit must be given to efforts
by many groups in West Ger-
many "to fight the resurrection
of Nazism." He said "only if we
acknowledge what the Germans
themselves are doing about it,
can we hope to be effective in
our criticism of the situation in
He also said Israel expected
from West Germany political sup-
port in various areas, including
Common Market negotiations, eco-
nomic relations and continuation
of development loans "for which
Israel pays 3 per cent."
Earlier, Ben-Nathan, speaking in
Goettingen,_Germany, warned that
the fact that such an organization
as the NPD existed must be taken
seriously. A public opinion poll,
revealed over the week-end, con-
firmed reports of the growing
popularity of the neo-Nazi party.
The poll estimated that the party
could win 15 per cent of the vote
if elections were to be held nowt in
a number of West German states.
* * *

Youth Who Broke Up
NPD Rally Praised by
Stuttgart Lord Mayor

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

STUTTGART — Lord Mayor Ar-
nold Kleft of Stuttgart said Tues-
day that the hundreds of German
youth who broke up a National
Democratic Party rally in Stutt-
gart Saturday night had "acted in
the right manner and in a polit-
ically conscious way."
The mayor has led a fight of
Stuttgart city officials to bar use
of the city's public facilities to the
extremist NPD. The city origi-
nally refused to rent its hall to the
NPD but was forced to do so by
an administrative court order ob-
tained by the party.
- The mayor, in praising the
action of the youthful foes of the
party, said "It is impossible to
talk with these people, the mem-
bers of the NPD, and it is use-
less to talk to them." He added
that Stuttgart would not change
its stand of opposition to the
party, despite the court decision
which forced the city to rent its

hall, and would continue to seek
to prevent NPD meetings in
Stuttgart. The mayor warned
that the city could no longer
guarantee the safety of property
involved in NPD public activi-
In a related development, West
German Refugee Minister Kai Uwe
von Hassel, the former defense
minister, warned in a speech Tues-
day against overestimating the
NPD. He said that the expressed
views of the party were "confus-
ing," showing no clear aims. He
described NPD supporters as
young people, older ones, crafts-
men, peasants and "brave sol-

* * *

NPD Now Boasts
25,491 Members;
Many Are Young

BONN (JTA)—Eighteen hundred
new members entered the German
National Democratic Party in the
month of December alone, the
neo-Nazi party's vice chairman
claimed, bringing its total mem-
bership to 25,491. In November
1964, total membership of the party
was only 473, he said.
The party official, M. Gottman,
told an NPD meeting here that
the party would make significant
gains in the Baden-Wuerttemberg
state elections next year, rivaling
its success in Bavaria and Hesse.
He predicted the party would cap-
ture 10 to 12 seats in the state
In an evident effort to change
the impression of the party as one
composed of former Nazis and neo-
Nazis, Gottman stressed the rela-
tive youth of its membership,
assert that the average age of
party members was 31.7 years.
He drew cheers from his audi-
ence when he attacked Chancellor
Kurt Georg Kiesinger and the
United States and proclaimed that
"we Germans no longer wish to
be the world's pariah."

8—Friday, January 20, 1967

Vienna Archbishop Gives
$800 to Karen Hayesod

VIENNA (JTA)—The first ma-
terial aid in the history of the
Catholic church to a Zionist or-
ganization has been presented to
the Keren Hayesod in Vienna. A
symbolic gift of $800 from the
Vienna Caritas, the official Cath-
olic welfare organization, was pre-
sented by Franziskus Cardinal
Konig, the archbishop of Vienna,
to Dr. Anton Winter, president
of the Keren Hayesod in Vienna.
Cardinal Konig is active in fight-
ing anti-Semitism in Austria. He
was also one of the prelates who
actively advocated the adoption at
the Ecumenical Council last year
of the declaration on Jews in
which the Catholic church exon-
erated the Jewish people from the
guilt of crucifying Jesus.


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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

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BOSTON — President Johnson,
Vice President Humphrey, U.S.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and
Richard Cardinal Cushing led na-
tional and local political, civic and
religious dignitaries in congratu-
lating the Jewish Advocate, Boston
Jewith weekly, on its 65th anni-
The anniversary, observed with
a special issue of the newspaper
this week, also marked the golden
jubilee of Dr. Alexander Brin,
editor and publisher of the Advo-
Expressing his personal greet-
ings both to the Advocate and
Dr. Brin, President Johnson
wrote in a front-page message
that both the newspaper and Dr.
-Brin had "maintained a high
standard of excellence in this
valuable publication.
"Through the years," President
Johnson stated, "you have dis-
played a true conception of public
duty and the responsibilities of
citizenship in a democracy. These
qualities have been brilliantly re-
flected in your increasing interest
in the advancement of education
and the refinement of human re-


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