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U.S. High Commissioner in Germany “Astonished” at Canceliation of Deputy’s Speech

John J. McCloy, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, today expressed "astonishment" over the fact that the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith yesterday cancelled a scheduled address by his deputy, Benjamin J. Buttenwieser, on denazification in Germany. Mr. Buttenwieser was to address the League’s annual convention in Chicago.

Mr. McCloy said he saw the text of the address and he considered it "a measured and objective" statement. "I am astonished that the Anti-Dofamation League would invite Mr. Buttenwieser and then cancel his speech," he stated.

(In Washington, a State Department spokesman said today that the Department had read the Buttenwieser speech and saw nothing objectionable in it. Press officer Lincoln White said at this afternoon’s conference that he had no official comment to make on the B’nai B’rith cancellation, but that he had concluded that it was unobjectionable.)