Two-thirds of Americans Believe Germany Cannot Be Trusted. A.d.l. Survey Reveals

Failure of the American denazification program has resulted in the blossoming forth of a “Germany renazified” and made Germany “the real winner in the cold war thus far,” the Anti-Defamation League declared in a report made public today by New York Suprems Court Justice Meier Steinbrink, national chairman of the League. The report includes a pull of American public opinion taken during the past month which declares that the American public recognizes the failure to democratize Western Germany. The poll was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center.

Two-thirds of American adults, the survey reveals, believe that Germans cannot be trusted to be denocratic and peaceful at present. A plurality of Americans believe that former Nazis are coming back to positions of influence in Germany. Judge Steinbrink urged the State Department to adopt a positive program which has the endorsement of the Coordinating Council for a Democratic Germany, composed of 17 leading American organizations including the C.I.O., Americans for Democratic Action, American Civil Liberties Union and the Congregational Christian Service Committee.

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