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March 21, 1980 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-21

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German Party
Seeks Tighter
Laws on Nazis

BONN (JTA) — The ril-
ing Social Democratic Party
(SPD) has proposed meas-
ures that would close the
gaps in existing legislation
aimed against neo-Nazism
in West Germany.
The recommendations,
submitted to the govern-
ment, are the result of a
thorough study and evalua-
tion of hearings held last
year on the dangers of
neo-Nazism: The party con-
luded, however, that in
neral, laws now in effect
are fairly tight.
But it • accepted the
recommendations of promi-
nent officials and social sci-
entists who testified at an
Open meeting of the SPD's
parliamentary faction.
They included an amend-
ment to a paragraph which
forbids spreading Nazi
propaganda material pro-
duced after the Federal Re-
Public was established.
The aniendment, which
the SPD supports, would
make it a criminal offense
to circulate such material
which antedates the Fed-
eral Republic, including,
presumably, Hitler's
biography, "Mein


Another. amendment
Would .extend the ban on the
display- of Nazi placards and
:symbols to such materials
that are- produced abroad,
regardless of the country of
origin: :The present law
applies only to Nazi mate-
rial produced in West Ger-

Friday, March 21, 1980 11


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.The SPD • will also exam-
ine.- an amendment that
would expliCitly forbid the
circulation of allegations
that the death camp gas
chambers :never existed.
Under present law, persons
Circulating that falsehood
cannot be prosecuted unless
they identify the people who
allegedly fabricated the gas
chamber "story'? in order to
collect reparations. It is un-
derstood that the govern-
ment will Carefully study
the SPD proposals but no of-
ficial comment is available


Jewish Literati
Receive Awards

Six Jewish authors, poets
and journalists have been
named the winners of the
1979 Fernando Jeno Liter-
ary Awards in recognition
of their writings in Yiddish,
P;"iebrew and Spanish.
They are: Poet Moshe
Shulstein of Paris and Yit-
zhak Luden of Tel Aviv, in
Akhe category of Yiddish
-iting; Naomi Wishnitzer
and Bentzion Epstein, both
of Israel, writing in Hebrew;
and Ariel Roffe, for his biog-
raphy of Menahem Begin,
and Arminda Narosky, both
of Buenos Aires, writing in
The awards are sponsored
by the Fernando Jeno Fund
which is administered by
the Central Jewish Com-
mittee of Mexico.

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