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Israel Conditions German Settlement on Elimination of Nazism

Israeli delegate Maurice Fischer yesterday told the United Nations General Assembly’s Political Committee that the primary condition of any world German settlement must be “effective guarantees against a resurgence of Nazism.”

Decrying the lengthy discussion in the committee of the technicalities of a proposed free election in a united Germany, Mr. Fischer said that the U.N. delegates tend to judge the German issue in the light of the ideological struggle in the world today and ignore the fact that Germany has an ideology of its own. The militarism, imperialism and Nazism which have manifested themselves in Germany in the past century still apply to Eastern and Western Germany today, he added.

Only after the danger of a resurgent, aggressive Germany is eliminated will it be possible to think about an inquiry into electoral conditions, the Israeli insisted. First, he urged, “both Germanys should agree, or be made to agree, to guarantee the final uprooting of Nazism, imperialism and militarism and collectively assume the historic German responsibility.”

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