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Soviet Propaganda Organs Resumed Attacks on Rightist National Democratic Party

Soviet propaganda organs have resumed their attacks on West Berlin because the ultra right-wing National Democratic Party (NPD) is once again functioning in that city. The Soviet Ambassador to East Germany reportedly raised the question with West Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Schutz when they conferred last Friday.

The NPD, a reputedly neo-Nazi party, voluntarily liquidated its West Berlin branch last year when it appeared that the City Council would appeal to the Allied occupation authorities–U.S., Britain, and France–to ban the party. A West Germany court subsequently ruled that the voluntary liquidation was in violation of the party’s own by-laws. The issue was brought to court by an NPD member who objected to the party leadership’s decision.