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Bavarian Govt. Official Pleads with Germans to Cease Hostility to Jewish Dp’s

Dr. Philip S. Auerbach, Commissioner for Jewish Affairs in the Bavarian Government, today addressed a meeting of 400 Germans in the town of Nuernburg vorm Wald, pleading for an end to their hostility toward the 185 Jewish residents of the village.

Dr. Auerbach reminded the Germans of the cruelties suffered by the Jews and warned that further anti-Jewish incidents would place a black mark against present-day Germany. Later, speaking to the Jews, Dr. Auerbach called on them to restrain themselves and to maintain discipline.

The hostility between the two groups developed early in the month when a party of local Nazis was ordered to exhume the bodies of a number of concentration camp victims. When some of the Germans refused, they were beaten by several Jews and American soldiers, whose commanding officer was later replaced.

Before he left the town, Dr. Auerbach assured a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent that the crisis was past and that the situation was improving.