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Bonn Cabinet Decides to Introduce Legislation Against Anti-semitism

Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s Cabinet decided today to introduce anti-defamation legislation in the West German Parliament. The Cabinet took the view that it would not be feasible to wait for a general penal code reform outlawing race hatred.

The measure will be introduced in a few days. A draft of the proposal submitted today to the Cabinet would make hate-mongering against national, religious and racial groups punishable by up to three months’ imprisonment. (See page 3 for more news from Germany.)