Bonn Interior Minister Not Certain
of Extension on Limitations Statute
NEW YORK—Ernst Benda, West
German minister of the interior.
told Arthur J. Goldberg and a
delegation from the American Jew-
ish Committee that he could not
definitely predict a further exten-
sion of the statute of limitations
for Nazi murderers.
Benda, who favors extension of
the statute, met with Goldberg.
president of the American Jewish
Committee, and leaders • at a
meeting tendered by Klaus Cur-
tius, German consul general in
New York. This meeting was a
allow-up to one in July that
Jewish Committee lead-
ers had with him in Bonn.
The statute of limitations, which
was extended in 1965, is due to
expire Dec. 31, 1969. Benda indi-
cated that the new draft law should
pass through the cabinet. How-
ever, he was not as certain of
passage by the Bundestag. He re-
minded Goldberg that Chancellor
Kurt George Kiesinger has spoken
out in favor of an extension.
Aside from the fact that the
statute is not politically popular,
Benda pointed out that there are
two other obstacles to its ex-
tension. They have to do with
the constitutionality of the ex-
tension itself, a n d the penal
The question of the constitution-
ality of the previous extension is
now pending before the Federal
Constitutional Court and backers
of the statute's extension are hop-
ing that a favorable decision will
be made in time for the Bunde-
stag to act before the end of 1969.
Goldberg conceded that the West
German legal system differs from
that of the United State, where
there is no statute of limitations
for murder, but he suggested that
the West Germans might re-ex-
amine their legal system so that
it would be flexible enough to rec-
tify mistakes. He pointed out that
in the United States judicial de-
cisions are reviewed and changed.
Asked whether the resurgence
of anti-Semitism in East Europe
hasn't spilled over into West Ger-
many, Benda said that though
vestiges of anti-Semitism remain
among a small percentage of the
older population, it is not a factor
among the young, and he did not
foresee West Germany's being in-
fected by the same anti-Semitic
Benda said that young Germans,
who are deeply sympathetic to
Israel, have had little direct con-
tact with and knowledge of Jews
in their own homeland.
Friday, September 13, 1968-3
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BBC Hebrew Program
Is Cut to Pay for Other
Cultural Links With Israel
LONDON (JTA) A foreign min-
istry official told a deputation of
British Jews that the British Broad-
casting Corp. had suspended its
half-hour Hebrew short-wave pro-
gram in order to make the funds
available for other forms of cul-
tural links between Britain and
Maurice Foley, parliamentary
undersecretary at the foreign office,
said he regretted it was not possi-
ble to reconsider the suspension or
even to postpone it.
Foley was visited by a delegation
representing the Board of Deputies
of British Jews who expressed the
concern felt by Jewish communi-
ties here and abroad over the deci-
sion to shut down the BBC's He-
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