LONDON (Apr. 16)
German scientists working in Egypt on that country’s program for development of nonconventional weapons intended for use against Israel have written to West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, requesting an opportunity to explain their work in person before the West German Parliament, according to a Cairo dispatch received here today.
The letters had been sent reportedly by 93 German scientists, including at least three whose names had figured in the recent revelations about Egypt’s weaponry program, being carried on with the help of German scientists. Among the letter-writers reported were Dr. Jens Goerke, whose daughter Heidi had caused the recent arrest at Basle, Switzerland, of an Israeli, Joseph Ben-Gal, and an Austrian, Dr. Ofto Jukelik. She had charged them with “threatening” her unless she persuaded her father to quit the work in Egypt.
Other reported signers were Dr. Hans Kleinwaechter, who escaped an attempt at his assassination recently in Germany, near the Austrian border; and Dr. Wolfgang Pilz. The latter’s secretary was blinded at Cairo recently when she opened a package mailed to her employer from Hamburg. The package had contained an explosive device.
All of the 93 who sent letters to Dr. Adenauer requested a parliamentary probe into their activities and volunteered to come to Bonn to testify if they were guaranteed German government protection.