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Condemnation of Anti-semitism Marks “brotherhood Week” in Germany

March 11, 1959
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“Brotherhood Week” is being observed currently throughout West Germany, including West Berlin, with special programs devoted to religious tolerance and amity.

A statement by Leopold Goldschmidt, general secretary of the Society for Christians and Jews, which sponsors “Brotherhood Week” in this country, declares that, despite a recent resurgence of anti-Semitic incidents, “there is more evidence than ever before, since 1945, that persons of good will want to overcome the Nazi past.” In proof, Dr. Goldschmidt cited the reaction to the resurgent anti-Semitism on the part of leading personalities throughout the Federal Republic, as well as on the part of the German press, radio and television.

Strong measures for fighting against anti-Semitism were advocated today in an article by a well known German writer, Walter Dirks. Writing in the Allgemeine Wochenzeitung der Juden, Mr. Dirks asserted: “Recent alarming incidents are due to the growing courage of old Nazis, who are leaving their hiding places.” He declared that “they must be prevented from doing further harm.”

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