Young Israel Convention Hears Report on German Scientists in Egypt
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Young Israel Convention Hears Report on German Scientists in Egypt

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The 52nd annual convention of the National Council of Young Israel concluded here today with a call by Rabbi David Hill, president of the organization, to consider action against West Germany unless the Bonn Government recalls its nuclear scientists from Egypt where they are working for Nassers armament industry.

In an address before the delegates, Congressman Leonard Farbstein of New York said that "Germany actually has an arms base in Egypt" by permitting Germans to produce military weapons there. He charged that "Dr. Ferdinand Berandner, who mobilized hundreds of German scientists for Nasser, is on record as saying "We have to finish the work which Hitler began." He also asserted that upon the return from Egypt of Professor N. Gruder and Prof. V. Faylanch they stated that the Bonn Government was entirely behind the scientists in Egypt and that they also enjoyed the support of the German Ambassador in Cairo.

Delegates also discussed a proposal which would provide religious Chaplains to high schools as an alternative to Bible readings and prayers in the schools. The students could consult a Chaplain on a voluntary basis, according to the Young Israel proposal, and therefore there would be no infringement on the principle of separation of church and state.

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