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German Ambassador to Israel Attends Synagogue Service in West Berlin

Dr. Rolf Pauls, the West German diplomat who has been appointed by the Bonn Government to become the first West German Ambassador to Israel, paid a visit to leaders of the Jewish community here, which is the largest Jewish community in any of the West German cities. He also attended services this weekend in the synagogue here.

During the services, Rabbi Dr. Lehrman, spiritual leader of the congregation, praised Dr. Pauls as “the spokesman for a new generation of Germans, who wishes to establish a better and more progressive era.” The congregation included Dr. Pauls in a special prayer, lauding him as “a true Ambassador of good will and atonement.” (There have been demonstrations in Israel against the acceptance of Dr. Pauls because he was an officer in the German army under Hitler.)