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Israel Rejects Pressure to Ban German Films; Bans U.S. Film on Russia

The Israel Censorship Board took note today of growing protests against widespread showings of German-made and German-speaking films by declaring that the Israel Government cannot ban films only because they are German-speaking productions.

The Board added that regulations forbid the showing only of such pictures made during the Nazi period or during the post-Nazi period with the participation of former Nazis. The statement added that if movie-goers really objected to German films they could deal with the problem by simply not attending theaters showing the films.

At the same time, the board disclosed banning of an American-made film, “This is Russia,” on grounds of bias. The board cited as an example of the bias a scene in the film showing the Kiev Synagogue with the accompanying commentary that “Stalin killed 80,000 Jews in this city.” The board noted that actually, the Kiev Jewish community was exterminated by the Nazis.