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Score German “amusement Tax” on Film About Death Camps

A leading Hamburg newspaper protested today against the action of the tax authorities in applying a 16 percent “amusement tax” on admissions to the Hamburg movie house showing the French documentary film, “Night and Fog.” dealing with the Nazi concentration camps of the Hitler regime.

The film, which has been boycotted by most commercial distributors and outlets in West Germany, met with stormy going when it was selected for showing at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

The newspaper, “Die Welt,” in an editorial, condemned the action in applying the amusement tax in this case as “lack of tact” and said “the thought is intolerable that the State should collect amusement tax from performances of “Night and Fog.”