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February 02, 1990 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-02

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MATSEL'S GALLERIES ANNOUNCES AN IMPORTANT

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ESTATE
AUCTION
Sat. & Sun., February 3 & 4 - 1 P.M.

At our Gallery:

815

WOOWARD AVE., PONTIAC

(One mile North of Square Lake Rd.)
Comprising 450 "CHOICE" Individual Items of desirable furnishings, antiques

mit that we are German and
believe in German values,"
he says. "It is the Commu-
nists who destroyed this
country. The only industries
that work around here are
the ones that were built
under Hitler."
Perhaps Jochen Hoffmann
and his friends might find a
political home in the ex-
treme right-wing Repub-
lican Party, which exploded
with unexpected strength on
the West German political
scene last year, picking up
votes from both left and
right during the European
and West German regional
elections.
If the party maintains the
strength it demonstrated
last year, it will easily cross
the 5 percent threshold and
enter the Bundestag
(parliament) when West
Germans vote in national
elections in December.
Even more dangerous is
the very real possibility that
the Republicans could hold
the balance of power bet-
ween the two major political
blocs, the Christian
Democrats and the Social
Democrats.
The Republican Party
leader, 66-year-old former
SS officer Franz
Schoenhuber, lost no time in
spreading his message when
the border was breached. He
claims that his party could
win up to 30 percent of the
vote in East Germany's elec-
tion. This week, in the face
of a deepening crisis, the
election was moved forward
two months to March 18.
In January, the Repub-
licans held a triumphal two-
day conference in the Auer-
bauhalle, a beerhall in the
Bavarian town of
Rosenheim, about 50 miles
from Munich.
"Not tomorrow, not the
day afterwards — reunifica-
tion now!" Schoenhuber told
the 1,800 delegates. "We
have been on the defensive
for years. Now our motto is
attack — and attack again."
Addressing himself
menacingly to the head of
West Germany's Jewish
Federation, he warned:
"Herr Galinski, we will not
put up with your attacks any
more."
It was not coincidental
that the conference was held
in a part of Germany that is
so strongly associated with
the birth of Hitler's Nazi
Party more than 50 years
ago.
While the Republicans

have modified some of their
more unfashionable policies
— such as that women
should stay home and raise
children — there was no
doubt that the sentiment of
the overwhelmingly male
delegates, clad in traditional
lederhosen, lay in matters of
nationalism and
xenophobia.
The revised, "moderate"
manifesto notes that "the
central aim of the Repub-
lican Party is to recreate
Germany." This would be
achieved, according to the
manifesto, by reuniting
Germany, strengthening the
army, improving law and
order, disenfranchizing for-
eigners, denying them the
right to settle in Germany,
and improving standards of
living for ethnic Germans.
The party describes itself
as belonging to the
"workers, peasants, and
middle-classes, who have
become the guarantors of
well-being, employment and
the economy."
The Rosenheim conference
ended with a chilling call to
ban the media, accompanied
by verbal attacks on Jews
and foreigners.
One indication of concern
over the burgeoning
strength of the Republicans
was the revelation last week
that a secret report by West
Germany's internal security
office had recommended that
the party be placed under
observation for "anti-
constitutional activities."
Schoenhuber responded to
the challenge by warning
those who sought to
criminalize his supporters
they were clearing the ground
for pogroms.
Neither West Germany
nor East Germany has a par-
ticularly deep tradition of
democracy. Both have
historically displayed a pen-
chant for totalitarianism
when faced with political
and economic uncertainty.
The question now being
asked is whether East Ger-
many might provide the
engine that will drive a
reunited Germany down
that perilous track once
again. The first hint could
come when East Germans go
to the polls in less than two
months.
Meanwhile, European
leaders are watching the two
German states with a
gathering sense of unease.
"When the world has been
brought to the edge of ruin

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RUGS • ESTATE & MODERN JEWELRY and Much More!

HIGHLIGHTS

• Chippendale Style Mahogany Dining Table
• 10 Chippendale Style Mahogany Dining
Chairs
• English Yew Wood Revolving Book Case
• Arts & Crafts Oak Bed & Chairs
• Louis XVI Style Curio Cabinet
• Burl Walnut Library/Conference Table
• Art Deco Dining Room Suite
• Art Nouveau Style Leaded Lamps
• Louis XIV Style One Door Cabinet

• Camel Back Sofa
• Ca. 1900 Baby Crib
• Victorian Love Seat
• Chippendale Style Mahogany Highboy
• 3 Pc. Garniture Clock Set
• Pr. Louis XV Style Commodes
• 19th C. Japanese Jardiniere
• Art Deco Gilt Bronze on Onyx Base
• Art Deco Bedroom Suite
• Chinese Carved Wood & Ivory Figure

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