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British Government Refuses to Interfere in Hedler Case, Jewish Groups Informed

March 20, 1950
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The British Government is watching the case of Wolfgang Hedler, suspended anti-Semitic deputy of the Bonn Parliament, the Foreign Office this week-end informed the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Manchester Union of Jewish Ex-Servicemen. Both Jewish groups had asked the government to intervene against Hedler’s acquittal by a German court on charges of inciting to racism and anti-Semitism.

The Foreign Office said that it could not intervene since the German prosecutor was appealing the court’s decision and the case was still “sub judice.” At the same time, it pointed out that it felt that it would be more effective if the Germans themselves took care of such matters rather than the Allied authorities. It added that the British Government had sought since the fall of Germany to create conditions which would prevent the revival of Nazism and anti-Semitism in Germany.

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