Ex-nazi Diplomat Reported Directing German Restitution Talks

Herbert Blankenhorn, described as a former top-ranking Nazi diplomat associated with directing anti-Jewish propaganda in the United States, is now “the controlling voice in the negotiations for German restitution to Jewish victims,” the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League today charged in communications to Secretary of State Dean Acheson and U.S. High Commissioner for Germany John J. McCloy.

Reporting that Blankenhorn was deported from Washington at the beginning of World War II, the Anti-Nazi League said that “the presence of a man of Blankenhorn’s antecedants as the key voice in planning for Jewish restitution is a grave insult to the decent opinion of the whole world.” It urged that Secretary Acheson and Mr. McCloy “exert every effort to bring about his removal from any degree of control over restitution matters, as well as from his present key post in the direction of West German foreign affairs.” Blankenhorn occupies the post of Ministerial Director in the West German Chancellery.

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