WASHINGTON (Aug. 12)
John J. McCloy, American High Commissioner-designate for Germany, today indicated that be would investigate the riot in Munich caused by an article in a local German newspaper expressing regret that the Nazis did not gas all the Jews. He termed the affair “deplorable” and said that Murray Van Wagoner, director of the U.S. Military Government in Bavaria, was already looking into the incident.
Mr. McCloy was asked at a State Department press conference today about the rebirth of German nationalism and replied that signs of such nationalism were “not altogether unhealthy.” He admitted that former Nazis are permitted to take active parts in the political and industrial life of Germany.
“We have arrived at the stage where the less virulent Nazis are allowed to come back,” he admitted. He explained that he felt that this was better than keeping a corps of people totally and completely ostracized from the community.” He said it is too early to tell if German nationalism is “natural or sinister.” However, he added that the attitude has not changed towards actual war criminals.