Tribunal to Weigh French-german Dispute over Graves of Jewish Dead at Bergen-belsen

An international tribunal headed by a Swedish Judge will hear the dispute that has arisen between the West German and French Governments over the latter’s request for the exhumation of the graves of Jews who died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The graves are located in Hohne, near the former camp site. France wants them exhumed because it believes 139 French citizens are buried there. The Federal Republic is opposed, mainly because it fears mass protests from Jewish organizations all over the world. It has already received protests, mainly from American rabbis.

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