TORONTO (Jan. 24)
Three thousand persons picketed the studios of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today when a taped interview with Adolf von Thadden, West German National Democratic Party deputy leader, was broadcast over the network.
Although the demonstrators greeted with stony silence attempts by CBC staff to interview them, the police commended the picketers for their orderliness.
In the half-hour von Thadden interview which was taped in the latter’s Hanover home, the NDP leader denied that he was a Nazi and said there was no Jewish problem in Germany because of their small numbers. He admitted that he saw anti-Jewish atrocities under Hitler but said they were committed by Rumanians and that the Germans were not the inventors of anti-Semitism.
Commenting on the small children in the von Thadden home, the CBC interviewer said that a man loving children “cannot be all bad.” Before the interview started, Toronto Rabbi Gunther Plaut cited statements by von Thadden’s lieutenants incriminating the NDP leader.