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Law Barring Anti-hate Propaganda Urged

Werner Nachman, chairman of the Jewish Community in West Germany, has urged all parties in the Bundestag to support a draft law that would criminalize anti-Semitic propaganda, including the so-called “Auschwitz lie”, the claim by neo-Nazis that the Holocaust never occurred and was in fact a Jewish “hoax.” Debate on the law opens this week.

In a statement released here, Nachman charged that this country has failed to convey to the younger generation the enormity of Nazi crimes against the Jews. It is inconceivable, he said, that denying the Holocaust goes unpunished.

Nachman’s statement followed an announcement by two coalition partners and one opposition party in parliament that they will not support the government-drafted measure.