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June 08, 1973 - Image 9

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Friday, June 8, 1973

THE SUMMER DAILY

Poge Nine

EMOTIONALLY CHARGED VISIT
Brandt arrives in Israel

JERUSALEM (IP) - Chancellor
Willy Brandt arrived yesterday
for an emotional, symbolic visit
as the first German government
chief 'to set foot in the Jewish
state.
The first event on his four-day
schedule was aimed at further
healing of the wounds of World
War II: a stop at the Yad Vas-
hem memorial to the six million

Jews liquidated under the Nazis.
RUGGED FRONTIER police
units were plulled into Jerusalem
to guard Brandt's hotel from
possible attacks by Jews who
have never forgiven the Germans
for the Nazi holocaust.
Brandt is to meet twice with
Premier Golda Meir and with
Foreign Minister Abba Eban, Fi-

nance Minister Pinhas Sapir and
Deputy Premier Yigal Allon. In
addition to the Middle East ques-
tion, they were likely to take up
Israeli relations with the Con.
mon Market.
Brandt climaxes his visit at a
meeting Sunday with 86-year-old
elder statesman David Ben-Gur-
ion, who broke the ice between
Israel and West Germany more
than two decades ago.
IN HIS delicate four-day stay,
Brandt hopes to put a final seal
on the painful growth of rela-
tions between the two nations.
A German official in Tel Aviv
says, "We expect it to be fully
successful."
But for more than 300,000 Nazi
victims who now live in Israel
- half of them concentration
camp victims - Brandt's stay
will be a time of conflicting emo-
tions, unlike any routine s t a t e
visit. With his anti-Nazi p a s t ,
Brandt is respected as a man,
but his country evokes unbear-
able memories for many Israelis.
"THERE IS certainly no ob-
jection to Brandt the man," said
Pessach Burstein, world chair-
man of the organization of Form-
er Concentration Camp Inmates.
"With his anti-Nazi past, he was
our comrade, and I am recom-
mending that no demonstrations
be held."
However anti-German feeling is
still strong in Israel where only
a few years ago people would
spit at Volkswagens. The music
of Wagner and Richard Strauss is
still banned by the Israeli Phil-
harmonic Orchestra and Y a d
Vashem - a huge government
institution dedicated .to N a z i
victims - is a magnet for Israeli
emotions.
THE LONG PATH to normalcy
in relations between the Jewish
state and Bonn began with a
secret compensation meeting 21.
years ago. In 1952 Germany be-
gan restitution payments t h a t
so far total about $10 bilen to
the state of Israel and individoal
Israeli Jews.
Part of the payments were in
industrial goods which helped
btiild Israel - from merchatt
ships to traffic lightu, water pipes
to textile looms and power ilants
that opened up fhz Negev De-
sert. Cash payments fueled the
present-day, prosperity. By the
mid-1950s Israel was getting til-
itary equipment and selling its

own Uzi submachine guns th
German army.a
Relations were growing close,
Israeli and German sciesiscs
were trading information bnt it
was not until 1960 that Premier
David Ben-Gurion met Chancel- R
for Konrad Adenauer - on the
33rd floor of a New York hotel
- and declared "The Germany of
today is not the Germany of yes-
terday." P- -
FEW ISRAELIS had thought SUNDAY BLOODY
the day would ever- come when
such a statement was possible.
Full diplomatic relations were ,,,. dy
finally established in 1965 and
the Arab countries severed their
ties with Bonn for years in pro-
test.
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WEST GERMAN Chancellor Willy Brandt is escorted past an honor
guard by Israeli Premier Golda Meir on his arrival in Isrdel
yesterday for his historic first visit by a German head of state.

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