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July 3, 2006
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A new board member of Germany’s fund for wartime slave laborers says the Catholic foundation for which he worked should change its tune on Israel. Martin Salm, 51, the outgoing head of the German branch of Caritas International, a worldwide Catholic humanitarian organization, said he had tried to impress the importance of recognizing Israel to colleagues. In his new position on the board of the Foundation for Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future, he will develop and promote educational and humanitarian programs related to former slave laborers — including in Israel, Eastern and Western Europe, and the United States. Caritas fails to include Israel in the list of countries from which visitors to its Web site may register. Attempts to reach Caritas in Rome were unsuccessful.

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