Question of Ex-nazis in Bonn Government Raised in U.S. Congress

Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, today raised a question in Congress of whether the German people, “in view of the presence of so many former Nazis in their government, interpret the attitude of their government to be one of tolerance of Nazism” despite expressions against anti-Semitism by Bonn leaders.

Rep. Farbstein, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made known that he is examining the presence of former Nazis in the Bonn Government hierarchy. In a House speech. Rep. Farbstein said that although a world war was fought to de-Nazify Germany “we still find former Nazis in high places in the West German Government. ” He said he could not understand the “lassitude” on the part of the U.S. Government to anti-Semitic developments in West Germany and elsewhere.

(In Bonn, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s Government made known last night that it has prepared a special decree to deal with state emergencies in West Germany. The proposed legislation, which requires an amendment to the Constitution, would give the government strong powers to deal with internal threats to the security of the state. These powers include curtailment of free speech, free press, freedom of assembly and other civil rights.)

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