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Police Arrest 19-year-old German Who Admitted Breaking into Munich Synagogue

The West German police announced today that they had arrested a 19-year old German who had admitted that last month he had broken into a Munich synagogue, desecrated Torah scrolls and caused other damage. A police spokesman said no political motives or anti-Semitic sentiments were involved. He also said the young man was not connected with the burning of the Jewish Home for the Aged in Munich last February in which seven men and women died. German Jewish community leaders, on the other hand, have contended that only anti-Semites would have caused the outrage at the synagogue and other acts of vandalism of Jewish religious institutions.