Adenauer Censures Anti-semitic Action at Berlin Political Meeting
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Adenauer Censures Anti-semitic Action at Berlin Political Meeting

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West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, in a public address here, has indicated censure of anti-Semitic developments at a meeting which was held by the German Party in West Berlin last week. The rightist party is a member of the national coalition government and the Berlin rally was addressed by Bonn Minister of Transport Hans C. Seebohm.

The Berlin municipal parliament, meanwhile, has condemned the German Party rally, at which several persons were beaten when they were thought to be Jews because they would not rise and sing the ultra-nationalist song “Deutschland Ueber Alles.” The City Council resolution, demanded that the “strongest measures” be taken against those responsible for the incident, Mayor Walther Schreiber said that it was reminiscent of the “dark past” of Adolf Hitler.

The headquarters of the German Party here has disclaimed all responsibility for the incident. It asserted that provocateurs had set off the anti-Semitic demonstration and that it was they who shouted “Jewish swine” at those who refused to join the singing.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Community of Berlin has protested the anti-Jewish violence. The German Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation warned the Berlin City Council that there was a dangerous rev9val of anti-Semitism and nationalism taking place, of which this incident was one manifestation. Student and foreign press associations in Berlin protested to the German Party because students were among those beaten and two foreign newsmen were threatened for refusing to sing the German anthem.

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