Israeli Government Willing to Trade with Germany, Representative Declares

The Provisional Government of Israel is willing to conduct trade with the zones of Germany or a united Germany, Dr. Karl Liebstein, its representative here, declared today.

He pointed out that restitution to Jews victimized by the Hitler regime, made in nearly worthless Reichsmarks, would serve little purpose for those Jews who had managed to escape from Germany to Palestine during the Nazi regime, leaving their property behind. It would, however, be extremely useful, he stated, if this restitution could be made in the form of shipments of much-needed industrial goods to the new state.

Dr. Liebstein revealed that since the creation of the state of Israel there has been a steady stream of applications for admission to the new state from among the members of the handful of Jewish communities still left in Germany. Of the pre-Hitler Jewish population of Germany, estimated at a half million, only about 12,000 survive is postwar Germany, living as part of the German population.These are apart from the thousands officially classified as displaced persons.

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