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U.S. Officials Say West German Government Seeks Commercial Relations with Israel

High American officials here indicated this weekend that the West German Government is seeking an opportunity to renew commercial relations with Israel. However, Dr. Robert M.M. Kempner, former U.S. Deputy Chief of Counsel for the War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg, who arrived here from Israel, said that the mood in the Jewish state is against establishment of diplomatic relations with Germany.

Dr. Kempner was invited by the Israel Government to advise it on how to collect restitution and reparations due to Israel citizens for property confiscated or looted under the Nazi regime. At present, Jews living in Israel are unable to collect money awarded them because no mechanism exists for transferring either goods or cash from Germany to the Jewish state.