Justice Minister, 0 pposing Kiesinger, Fights Statute
BONN (JTA) — The new West
German minister of justice, Horst
Ehmke, said on a television inter-
view last week that he shared the
view of his predecessor, Gustav
Heinemann, now president of the
Federal Republic, that the statute
d limitations on war crimes pro-
secution should be abolished.
Ehmke said he hoped this would
be done before the statute takes
effect at the end of the year.
Ehmke appeared Monday to be
beading toward a conflict with
liesinger on the issue
Ehmke, a Social Democrat, an-
nounced that he would present a
bill to the Bundestag (lower house)
shortly calling for abolition of the
cut-off date for prosecutions of
murders committed by Nazis. His
bill would also abolish a statute
of limitations on murders in gen-
eral, he said.
According to reliable sources,
at Sinai Base
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TEL AVIV — Israeli soldiers,
manning cease-fire lines from
snow-covered Mount Hermon to
the banks of the Suez Canal. held
the traditional Passover seder Wed-
The military chaplaincy as- ,
signed cantors and readers to re-'
cite the Hagada at army posts.
and field kitchens preparing the
traditional Passover meal.
The army's main seder was
held at a base "somewhere in
Sinai," the region where, accord-
ing to Jewish tradition, Moses led,
the Israelites after the exodus
Soldiers along the east bank of
the Suez canal attended two
seders in accordance with the tra-
dition observed by Jews living ,
outside of Israel. In Israel itself
there is only one seder night.
But the observance of tradition
bowed to military necessities
for front-line troops. The seder
ritual was limited to its most '
essential parts for soldiers on,
duty. Some units held their
sever before sunset so that the
troops could man their posts
Chancellor Kiesinger and others
plan to submit a proposal that
would abolish the statute for mur-
der but not retroactively. This
would bar the prosecution of Nazis
who committed murder during
World War H.
A majority of Chancellor Kies-
inger's Christian Democratic Un-
ion is opposed to abolition of the
statue. They are supported by all
of the Free Democrats, in the Bun-
destag. One CDU leader, Kurt Bir-
renbach, wants to modify the sta-
tute so that it would exclude Nazis
who tortured and murdered pris-
oners in concentration camps but
would protect the so-called "desk-
murderers" — judge and minis-
trative offcials who pronounced
death sentences or signed execu-
tion orders — from further prose-
cution. Birrenbach s e r v e d as
Bonn's special representative to
Israel before formal diplomatic
relations were established.
In a related development, the
parliament of Lower Saxony join-
ed the city councils of Hamburg,
Bremen and West Berlin in de-
manding abolition of the statute.
The final decision rests with the
Bundestag (lower house) and the
A delegation of visiting Knesset
members arrived in Hamburg to
meet with local leaders, among
them Mayor Herbert Weichmann,
who is Jewish. The Knesset dele-
gation is headed by David Haco-
hen, chairman of the Israeli par-
liament's foreign affairs and secu-
Kosygin Blasts Statute,
Accuses Bonn of Plot
Friday, April 4, 1969-5
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Premier Kosygin charged that
Marriage resembles a pair of
Bonn's attitude on the issue stimu-
lated "chauvinistic and neo-Nazi shears, so joined that they cannot
ideas" among the German people. be separated, often moving in op-
He accused West Germany of try- posite directions, yet always pun-
ing to relegate to oblivion "the
crimes of those who are guilty of ishing anyone who comes between
the death of millions of people." them.—Sydney Smith.
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NPD to Print Paper;
Unionists Fight Party
BONN (JTA) — The extreme
right-wing National Democratic
Party (NPD) announced that it
would soon start printing 15,000,-
000 copies of a propaganda news-
paper. The party said its recent
electoral success in North West-
phalia was due to the weakness
of the Social Democrats there.
Gerhard Frey, publisher of the
ultra -nationalist, anti -S emitic
newspaper, Deutsche National and
Soldaten Zeitung, protested that
the decision of the minister of
interior to ban his paper would
amount to suppression of freedom
of the press. Steps to ban the
newspaper were taken after it pub-
lished an attack on Israel.
The West Berlin trade union
movement said that it would
take steps to prevent the (NPD)
from holding its congress in
West Berlin on April 25 unless
the Allied occupation powers-
U.S., Britain and France — act
before then to ban the party.
The powers have been asked
twice by the West Berlin City
Council to take such action.
The unionists' warning that they
would find their own "ways and
means" to keep the NPD congress
out of West Berlin was contained
in a letter to the Allied comman-
der from Walter Sickert, chair-
man of the movement. He said he
hoped the Allies would comply
with the request of the Berlin City
were frying to decide whether the
NPD can be punished for racial
incitement. At one of the party's
last meetings in West Berlin, a
sign reading "Aryans Only" was
posted outside the meeting place.
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LONDON (JTA)—Soviet Prem-
ier Alexei Kosygin assailed the
statute of limitations on West Ger-
man war crimes prosecutions and
accused West German authorities
of planning to grant amnesty to
Nazi war criminals including
many notorious SS and Gestapo
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an international conference on the
prosecution of war criminals in
Moscow. He said the USSR would
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