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February 17, 1967 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-02-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
8—Friday, February 17, 1967

Bonn Pledges to Ban ATPD if It Violates the Constitution

TORONTO (JTA) — If the West
German National Democratic
Party, a neo-Nazi group, violates
the Bonn constitution, "it will be
banned," the government of the
Federal Republic of Germany in-
formed the Toronto Citizens Com-
mittee Concerned With Neo-Nazism
in West Germany.
The message was in reply to a
petition delivered to the West
German consulate here citing neor
Nazi trends. It was drawn up fol-
lowing a mass meeting attended
by 6,000 last week, to protest a
scheduled television appearance of
the NPD's deputy chairman, Adolf
von Thadden.
Sharp opposition forced cancel-
lation of von Thadden's 'live' par-
ticipation in a program over the
Canadian Broadcasting Corpora-
tion network, but an interview
with the neo-Nazi leader, taped in
Germany, was presented instead.
In its prompt reply to the com-
mittee's request, the West Ger-
man government said the NPD
has so far avoided overt viola-
tion of the constitution "in word
or deed." "However," the Bonn
statement went on to say,
"should the party show unconsti-
tutional intentions, a ban by the
Federal Constitutional Court
would immediately follow."
Meanwhile, the Canadian press
criticized severely the govern-
ment-owned CBC for its handling
of the von Thadden interview. The
Observer of Sarnia, Ont., head-
lined an editorial "Canadian View-
ers Don't Need von Thadden,"
stating that taxpayers should not
subsidize "sensationalism" and
that "the CBC should be spending
its dollars to explore issues that
relate directly to the Canadian
people."
The von Thadden broadcast, in
the opinion of the News Chronicle
of Port Arthur, Ont., was "feeble
and one-sided." The paper com-
plained that there was no explora-
tion on the program of von Thad-
den's political ideas, or of anti-
Semitism.
A third newspaper, the St.
Thomas Times Journal, disputed
the CBC's contention that the pro-
gram was presented in deference
to the principle of free speech for
a minority group, and asked "Who
says this is a minority group?"
In Belgium, warnings against
any revival of Nazism there and
in other countries, particularly
in West Germany, were voiced
by sneakers at a mass meeting
in Ganda
The rally was organized by Bel-
gian movements of former resist-
ance fighters, as well as by the
Catholic. Liberal, Socialist and
Communist parties. S p e a k e r s
called for better information and
civic guidance of youth against
such activities. •
At the close of the meeting, tele-
grams of protest against resurgent
neo-Nazism were sent to the West
German ambassador in Belgium,
and to the Belgian prime minister.
Minor incidents were provoked at
the meeting by members of the
"V olksunie Party" and the
"Vlaamse Militanten Orde."
In London, Soviet Premier Alexei
N. Kosygin, addressing an aud-
ience at the Guildhall on current
international affairs, declared that
"many people in the West are be-
ginning to regard with suspicion
what is taking place in West Ger-

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many, and what they see causes Voigt, was convicted in a West
legitimate alarm because of the Berlin court of "treason," immoral
emergence on the political hori- behavior and representing himself
zon of the National Democraic as a physician.
Party."
The court sentenced him to a
The Soviet leader asserted that prison term of 21/2 years.
Despite the gloomy reports, how-
"the Nazis began with rallies of
dozens, and hundreds, but the NPD ever, Hitler's former youth leader,
has entered the year 1967 with Baldur von Schirach, said there is
millions of votes already in its no danger of a - revival of Nazism
in Germany, and the recent gains
pocket."
of the neo-Nazi National Demo-
In Buenos Aires, a protest rally cratic Party at recent elections in
organized by the Society of Jewish that country should not be over-
Victims of the Hitler regime adopt- stressed.
ed resolutions calling for a halt to
Von Schirach, who was released
rising neo-Nazi tendencies in Ger- from Spandau Prison last October,
many.
reported in Stern magazine, pub-
In Germany, the Police Trade lished in West Germany, that he
Union in Augsburg expelled two did not believe those who voted
members on the charge that they for the NPD were "new or old
are members of the neo-Nazi Na- Nazis."
"In my view," von Schirach
tional Democratic Party. One,
Helmut Heinze, is a member of the wrote, "this vote was an expres-
provincial parliament, and the sion of a certain dissatisfaction.
other, Karl Stephan, is a member
of the Augsburg city council.

Adolf von Thadden, deputy
chairman of the party, assert-
ed that he expected his political
movement to gain at least 12 per
cent of the ballots in West Ger-
man state elections scheduled
for this winter and spring. The
next state elections are to be
held in Baden-Wurttemberg, and
others are to follow soon.
The NPD had scored vast vic-
tories in the last set of state elec-
tions, in Bavaria and Hesse, suc-
ceeding for the first time in gain-
ing seats in the state legislatures
of those two vital sections of West
Germany. Von Thadden said his
party would gain many votes be-
cause it will be supported by the
National Farmers Association.
The leader of that organization,
irritated by the Bonn government's
decision to reduce agricultural
subsidies, due to general budget
difficulties, had announced that the
farmers, peasants and farm work-
ers would vote for the NPD.
In West Berlin, the local section
of the NPD decided not to present
any candidates in the next elec-
tions to the West Berlin City-State
Legislature. The reason given was
that a poor showing by the NPD in
Germany's former capital might
affect adversely the rest of the
NPD vote in the other state elec-
tions.
However, it was believed the
decision to run no NPD candidates
in West Berlin may have been due
to the fact that the local party's
former deputy chairman, Richard

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