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American Jewish Committee Leaders Refuse to Sign Statement on Germany

January 3, 1967
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Four prominent Americans have refused to join 20 other personalities in signing a statement issued by the American Council on Germany declaring that recent elections in West Germany do not show a rebirth of Nazism and warning against what it described as the “danger” of condemning an entire people for the views of a minority.

The four who refused to sign the Council’s statement were William J. Vanden Heuvel, president of the International Rescue Committee; Jacob Blaustein and Irving Engel, honorary presidents of the American Jewish Committee; and Gen. Lucius Clay, former military commander of the U.S. Zone in Germany and honorary president of the Council. In recent elections, the National Democratic Party, which has been described as neo-Nazi by the Bonn Interior Ministry, won 8 out of 96 seats in Hesse and a larger percentage of the seats in the Bavarian legislature.

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