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Jewish War Veterans Protest Release by Canada of Nazi General

Jewish war veterans in Canada are up in arms over reports of the possible release of former Nazi General Kart Meyer, who was recently returned to Germany after a period of imprisonment in this country.

In a telegram to Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, the General Wingate Branch of the Canadian Legion–a Jewish veterans group in Toronto–protested the “release of Meyer to Germany” and requested that the former Nazi general be returned to this country to “serve out his full term of imprisonment.”

Meyer was condemned to death by a military tribunal which found that he and his men were responsible for the murder of at least 100 Canadian soldiers behind the lines during World War II. Meyer joined the Nazi Party in 1930 and served in the Gestapo until his capture in 1944. In 1939, a German unit under his command murdered 50 Jewish civilians in Modlin, Poland. In 1953 he ordered the village of Jefremovka razed and every inhabitant executed.

The Canadian Jewish Congress will approach the Canadian Government asking it to take action through its diplomatic representatives on the revival of Nazism in Germany. This was decided at the session of the National Joint Public Relations Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai B’rith which was held here under the chairmanship of Prof. Jacob Finkelman of Toronto. Delegates were present from a number of Canadian cities, including Hamilton and Winnipeg.

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