German Jewish Groups Meet in Frankfurt; Advance Demands to West German Government

A demand that the West German Government produce an official record of the facts of the extermination and persecution of European Jews during the Nazi regime was voiced at the first conference sponsored by the World Jewish congress in Germany, which concluded here today.

The conference called for legislation making incitement to racial hatred a punishable crime. It also urged revision of all text-books with anti-Semitic material and the dismissal of teachers who foster anti-Semitism in German schools.

Other demands advanced by the parley included the speeding up of restitution of property and stronger legislation for indemnification for less of life, health and freedom. Assets confiscated from Nazi war criminals should be used for this purpose, the delegates urged. The Bonn Government was also urged to help transfer heirless and unclaimed Jewish property through authorized Jewish organizations.

The conference was attended by delegates of displaced Jews and Jews living in the German communities of the three Western zones and Western sector of Borlin, to “consider the urgent question of the welfare of the Jews of Germany, now and in the future, and to ascortain their views on general Jewish questions relating to Germany.”

The conference decided to establish a coordinating committee to work out proposals for common consultations on action by Jewish organizations in the three zones of Western Germany and Berlin. The committee will be composed of three members each from the British and American zones, two each from the French zone and the Saar, and one member from the western sector of Berlin.

NEXT STORY