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Berlin Jews Protest Government’s Award to Anti-semitic Actor

The Berlin Jewish community and democratic organizations and leaders throughout Germany have protested to Bonn President Theodor Heuss for the awarding of a German medal to Werner Krauss, 70-year-old German actor who was notorious during the Nazi regime for his anti-Semitic portrayals of Jewish characters.

The Berlin community noted that its attitude toward Krauss had not changed. Other protests directly to President Heuss expressed “consternation and dismay” and spoke of the “collective shame” brought on Germany by the granting of such honors to Krauss in the name of the President.