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New Freighter for Israel Launched in Germany; is Named “athlit”

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A new Israel coastal freighter for the Mediterranean run was launched today at the Kremer shipyards in nearby Elmshorn, after the name of “Athlit” had been bestowed upon the 500-ton vessel by Susanne Saenger.

Her husband, Fritz Saenger, the editor-in-chief of the German “DPA” news agency, some years ago served as one of the principal backers of the German “Peace with Israel” movement. That group was instrumental in creating the moral climate for conclusion of the reparations pact, under which the new boat has been built. The “Athlit,” a sister ship of the recently completed “Ashkalon,” will be operated by the Zim-Shoham Lines.

The S.S. “Olga,” a German freighter, has been placed on the Egyptian blacklist for having entered “several Israel harbors,” it is announced by “Misr Press,” privately-circulated news service of Arab affairs issued here in the German language. The obvious intent of the announcement is intimidation of other German ship owners.

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