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December 20, 1968 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-12-20

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NPD Threatens to Expose Kiesinger Aides
as Ex-Nazis Unless 'Defamation' Is Curbed

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

HANNOVER—The leader of the
extreme right-wing, reputedly neo-
Nazi National Democratic Party
has threatened Chancellor Kurt
Georg Kiesinger that he would pub-
lish documents purporting to ex-
pose the Nazi and Communist
pasts of members of Dr. Kie-
singer's Christian Democratic Un-
ion and the Social Democratic
Party unless they stop "defaming"
the NPD as a successor to the Nazi
Party.
That characterization was ap-
plied to the NPD Sunday by Minis-
ter of Interior Ernest Benda, who
recently completed an investigation
of NPD activities.
NPD Chairman Adolf von Thad-
den said the wrote to Chancellor
Kiesinger warning him of the con-
sequences of continued "defama-
tion." The right-wing leader also
said that his party rejected the
candidacy of Minister of Justice
Gustav Heinemann, a Social Demo-
crat, for the office of president of
the Federal Republic and would
vote against him.
The NPD is believed to support
the candidacy of Gerhard Schroe-
der, of the CDU, an arch conserva-
tive with a Nazi record going back
long before World War IL It was
disclosed recently that in 1933,
Schroeder filed for membership in
the Nazi Stormtroops.
Von Thadden said he did not
think the Constitutional High
Court in Karlsruhe, would out-
law his party if a ban was re-
quested by the government on
constitutional grounds. But a
former NPD leader who broke
with the party two years ago has
taken steps to provide an alter-
native for right wingers should a
ban be declared.
Franz Florian Winter, ex-
vice chairman of the NPD, and
Gerhard Frey, publishers of the
neo-Nazi weekly Deutsche National
and Soldaten Zeitung, met in Stern-
berg, Bavaria, Monday to launch
a new rightist party.

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Winter has claimed in a book
published Dec. 11 that the party
was financed by sources in South
Africa. The party's chairman in
Bavaria, Benno Hermann, said
Winter's statement was untrue.
The West German Cabinet was
to decide this week whether to
apply to the Constitutional High
Court for a ban on the NPD.
Benda said he will try to get
the party outlawed on the grounds
that its leadership is largely com-
posed of former Nazi Party mem-
bers. In its propaganda, the party
has been more nationalistic than
totalitarian, although its press is
strongly anti-Zionist, which some
observers see as a cloak for in-
grained anti-Semitism.
A majority of the cabinet ap-
peared to favor a ban. However,
a note of caution was sounded
by Finance Minister Franz Jo-
sef Strauss, head of the Chris-
tian Democratic Union.
Strauss warned against any
"one-sided" ban. His party, well
to the right of center in West
German politics, insisted that if
the government sought a ban on
the NPD it should do the same
against the newly formed German
Communist Party. It also wants
to ban the radical left-wing So-
cialist German Students League.
Strauss said after a meeting of
his party's executive that unless
Bonn had "an absolutely iron-clad
case' against the NPD, it should
not move to ban the party. "God
preserve us from a clean bill of
health for the NPD!" he declared.
Government circles acknowledge
that rejection by the high court of
a petition to outlaw the NPD
would not only embarrass the
government but would lend new
respectability to the right-wing
party and enhance its chances in
next year's general elections. Von
Thadden claims that his party will
enter the Bundestag (lower house)
for the first time next September
with at least 50 seats, despite its
noor showing in recent local elec-
tions. Should that happen, the
CDU could not win an absolute
majority and its hopes to rule
without coalition support would
he dashed. It was therefore be-
lieved that the CDU was prepared
to take a calculated risk and sup-
port a government request for a
constitutional ban against the NPD.
Meanwhile, For eign Minister
Willy Brandt has recalled West
Germany's ambassador to Portu-
gal, Herbert Muller Roschach, as
a result of an investigation of his
activities in 1941 and 1942 when he
served in the Jewish department of
the Nazi Foreign Ministry.
The investigation disclosed that

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