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Ex-chancellor Adenauer Sees No Danger in Germany’s Neo-nazi Party

January 4, 1967
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Dr. Konrad Adenauer, West Germany’s former Chancellor, said here that he did not consider the extremist neo-Nazi National Democratic Party as a danger. He expressed confidence in German youth and said that parties similar to the NDP had been formed and disappeared without a trace in West Germany in the postwar period. The NDP evoked worldwide concern when it won Parliamentary seats last November in state elections in Hesse and Bavaria.

The former Chancellor expressed his views on the party in an interview with “Welt on Sonntag.” He suggested that the German people should be more self-confident and could then dispense with extremist nationalism.

Dr. Adenauer also said that West Germany had “a certain responsibility for Israel and we must help Israel whenever we can.” He called his May, 1966 visit to Israel the most interesting trip he had ever made. He declared he could not understand the hatred of the Arabs for Israel, adding that his visit had convinced him that “the Jewish people does not want anything but peace” with the Arabs.

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