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“world Brotherhood” Organization Established in Germany

August 26, 1954
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A German national section of “World Brotherhood” was established here in the presence of Willard Johnson, director of the organization’s European Division, with the aim of fostering good human relations irrespective of race, creed and nationality.

“World Brotherhood,” an offshoot of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in the United States, already has seven national sections in Europe, where they serve a purpose similar to that of the NCCJ. In Germany, however, the Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation are keeping aloof. They believe that the struggle against anti-Semitism is in itself so pressing a task in this country that the energies of their small but devoted band of adherents should not be diverted to more ambitions projects.

Herman Ebeling, a German-born New Yorker, who has represented “World Brotherhood” in Germany for the past three years, will be executive director of the new group during its initial period. Professor Ferdinand Friedensburg, parliamentary delegate of the Christian Democratic Union, and former Deputy Lord Mayor of Berlin, was named chairman.

The board comprises such well-known personalities as Hermann J. Abs, prominent banker and head of the German delegation to the London Debts Conference; Heinz Nordhoff, manager of the Volkswagen automobile plant; Carlo Schmid, the Social Democratic leader who is Deputy speaker of the Bundestag; and Hermann Schaefer, Federal Minister Without Portfolio. The two Jewish board members are Karl Marx, Duesseldorf publisher; and Dr. Alfred Mayer, Wiesbaden attorney.

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