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May 03, 1974 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-05-03

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Austrian Neo Nazism Causes Concern

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

T h e silver chain. "Recently I saw
students offered and sold uni- he was non-fascist.
(Continued from Page 2)
The author does not explain form caps of the former Nazi buyers are Fascists or young the American movie 'Easy
Wehrmacht or Luftwaffe bourgeois people. For me Rider' where Peter Fonda
things."
wore a German knight's
The series caused angry (army and air force) for 400 this is only business."
cross. If Americans can wear
schillings
($20)
e
a
c
h.
"I
reactions among the Jewish
"I don't know anything this as winners of the war,
worked
as
a
street
painter
to
population. Anton Pick, presi-
about Hitler and the Nazis
dent of the Jewish commun- collect money for my studies, beyond the dates of World why can't we who lost the
but
recently
I
happened
to
war?" asked the man as he
ity in Vienna, said: "Many
II. I had to learn at roared off with a swastika
Jews feel this story was writ- get some of these uniform War
ten in a way that it might caps — we earn a lot more school," a young man riding pennant fluttering from a
a motorbike said. He wore
raise anti-Semitic feelings." money for that," a student an iron cross 2nd class on a flagstaff on his rear seat.
stated. He stressed, however,
Anti-Semitism is still well-
rooted in Austria. A public
opinion poll of 1969 showed
that large parts of the Aus-
trian population are still
ejudiced against Jews; 27
cent of those interviewed
id "it is not accidental
transferring to the U. S.
By CHARLOTTE DUBIN
that Jews were persecuted ' That "special relationship"
Consulate General in Stutt-
throughout history."
gart. For a number of years
between Germany and Israel
she has been an executive
Reimann, a self-declared has had its ups and downs
with the leading German de-
"non-Jew," who wanted to lately.
partment store, interrupted
write a story "neither in
But, says one German ac-
by service in the Bundestag
favor nor against Jews" tive in politics, no matter
from 1969 to 1972. She main-
flatly states at the beginning what agreements are con-
tains an active role in local
of the series: "One of the eluded between Chancellor
party politics.
main causes for anti-Semit- Willy Brandt and the Arab
Miss Lauterbach empha-
ism is to be found in the states, there will always be
sized that modern Germany
Jews themselves," adding, a special understanding with
wants no part of Nazism.
"It is because of this (the I s r a e 1, an understanding
"In 1967 and '68 we had a
Jew's) will to be different born of the tragedy of 1933-
bad spell in the economy.
and to be separated from 45.
The vote for the National
non-Jewish people."
Ellen Lauterbach, a leader
Democratic Party (a neo-
Critics reproached Reimann of Brandt's Social Demo-
fascist group) got only a
for biased reporting and dis- cratic Party who stopped in
small vote. It wasn't so
torting facts and figures. Detroit on a lecture tour
much a fascist vote as a
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesen- through the U. S., defended
protest against economic and
thal, director of the Jewish Brandt's overtures to the
ELLEN LAUTERBACH
other conditions. But it was
Documentation Center, said Arab states. While maintain-
With Mapai, too, there not worthwhile to speak of.
Reimann used figures from ing ties with Israel, "it is
Nazi book s showing an necessary we have relation- were differences of opinion, They never even entered the
a Ile g e d over-representation ships with the Arab coun- "but among friends you federal government."
Reminded of the new
of Jews in Austria.
tries," she told an inter- should be able to discuss
differences of opinion. Ac- "Hoffman Group," a Nurem-
viewer,
"for
this
too
might
Letters to the editor
tually, today there is more berg-based organization of
seemed to prove that anti- help the cause of peace in discussion about those dif- some 25 men who dress in
the
Middle
East."
Semitism is still popular in
Nazi regalia and hold regu-
(Cairo broke relations with ferences between Bonn and lar training sessions, Miss
this country. "Jews do not
Tel
Aviv,"
she
said.
pay taxes, they are para- Bonn in 1965 when West Ger-
She recalled how, on her Luterbach laughed heartily.
sites," one letter read. Un- many recognized Israel. Re-
visit
to Israel in 1966, she "We saw it on television, and
lations
were
restored
in
June
k n o w n persons smeared
engaged
in a heated discus- we got a great kick out of
swastikas on the advertising 1972. When Brandt visited
it. You know, they really are
posters with the Austrian Egypt recently, at the invi- sion with students in a Negev so silly. No one takes them
high
school
about
the
Ger-
tation
of
President
Anwar
el
flag. It prompted a first re-
seriously.
action by Jewish-born Aus- Sadat, one Cairo newspaper man _ Israeli relationship.
"Do you know," she add-
"But
we
came
to
the
con-
trian Chancellor Bruno praised Brandt as "one of
ed,
"you can buy Nazi em-
Kreisky proposing a better the few leaders who could clusion that this Germany blems all over the world—
had
changed,
and
this
young
not
be
blackmailed
by
Zion-
protection of the Austrian
Germany could not be in America, too. But you
flag. Earlier he refused to ists.")
blamed
for what the older can't buy them in Germany."
Miss Lauterbach, whose
comment on the series. "I
generation
had done. I re- Hitler's Birthday
talk
here
before
the
Women's
am not a specialist in this
turned
to
the
school in 1967, Event Probed
Economic
Club
was
on
"Ger-
question. For obvious reasons
BONN (JTA) — The Kiel
I do not want to comment many — Partner of the and, of course, by then we public prosecutor has start-
were
old
friends."
World,"
said
that
Israel
is
on this."
Miss Lauterbach, 53, a ed investigations into a cere-
aware of Germany's unique
The series was only one political situation and that native of Kassel, moved with mony on the North Sea is-
manifestation of the resur- any "misunderstandings" had her family to Berlin when land of Sylt on April 20 to
gence of pro-Nazi feeling in been cleared up by the chan- she was a child. She was a mark Hitler's birthday.
some quarters.. The Nazi cellor himself on his visit to member of the compulsery
The celebration was at-
nostalgia wave in Austria Israel.
youth movement, but said she -tended by 50 men and wom-
brought back swastika in-
A former member of the refused to join the Nazi en between the ages of 15
signia and Hitler portraits Bundestag, Germany's par- high school and commercial and 25 wearing brown shirts
from longtime hideouts to liament, Miss Lauterbach has college, she worked with a and swastikas. The hotel in
Vienna's antique shops. Even made private visits to both Berlin short-wave radio sta- Westerland where the party
second-hand dealers sell iron Israel and the Arab coun- tion from 1941 until 1945., ("It took place was decorated
crosses from World War II tries. On her second trip to was that or a work camp. with Nazi emblems and pic-
for up to 300 Austrian schil- Israel, after the Six-Day Actually, it took some cour- tures of Hitler.
lings ($15) at the weekly War, she met with leaders age, don't you think?")
Recorded Nazi marches
downtown flea market in the of the Mapai Party, with
After the war, Miss Lauter- and speeches were played,
Austrian capital. An Austrian which her own SPD is a bach became a personnel and a toast was made to the
newspaper called this climax partner in the Socialist Inter- manager for the U. S. Army "Fuehref."
of the Nazi nostalgia "the national.
Questioned by police, the
in Bad Mergentheim, later
st victory for Adolf Hitler
29 years after his death."
Some people, saying they
never knew about homicide
camps in Auschwitz, Dachau
or Mauthausen, had Hitler's
"Mein Kampf" for sale.
They hid the book for nearly
30 years in the attic or cel-
lar, but now decided to make
"big business" with it. They
earn up to 500 schillings ($25)
from other former Nazis,
ii
who thre w their "bible"
AMP
away after the war's end, or
_
from young people from here
0111
or abroad, especially from
West Germany or the United
States.
A group of Japanese music

Willy Brandt's Building of Arab Ties
Defended as Furthering M.E. Peace

Friday, May 3, 1974-5

young people taking part said hers cannot be refused under
the shirts and symbols had West Berlin law.
been bought at junk shops,
and the party had been stag-
BRING AD! . . . GET
ed because "life on the island
was tedious." It appeared
they belonged to no particu-
lar political party.
Meanwhile, • parliamentary
opposition deputies have com-
plained to the West Berlin
DISCOUNT
authorities about Berlin cars
OFF REGULAR PRICED
carrying license numbers in-
cluding Nazi abbreviations
like "SA," "SS," "KZ" and
154 SOUTH WOODWARD.
"HJ."
NR. 15 MI. RD.
However, the authorities
BIRMINGHAM, MI. MI 2-4150
say, requests for such num-

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