Germany Observes “brotherhood Week”, President Appeals to Nation

Public meetings, broadcasts, theatrical and musical performances, now under way in nearly a score of cities, highlight the annual observance of “Brotherhood Week,” arranged by the German Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation.

Federal President Theodor Heuss, who as in previous years consented to be the sponsor of “Brotherhood Week,” opened it with an address to a select assembly gathered in the Bundestag chamber at Bonn. “Even though it is bound to go against the grain of some people,” he remarked, “days and hours such as this must be held ever anew.” With respect to indemnification, he urged Germans to feel a degree of personal involvement.

In Munich, Brotherhood Week was marked by a joint songfest of Jewish and Christian children. In Stuttgart, the new German film “Israel-Land of Hope” was introduced by its producer, German newspaperman Rolf Vogel, and by Dr. A Bergmann, deputy head of the Israel Purchasing Mission in Cologne. F. Sternberg, a staff member of the Israel Mission, shared the platform in Wiesbaden with Chester S. Wright, honorary president of the Federation of German-American Clubs. In Berlin, high school students offered readings from, books that were-burned by the Nazis and from “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

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