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German Deputy Insists on Violating Nazi Law; Asks for Court Test

February 12, 1960
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A court test on whether an edict of the Nazi regime takes precedence over laws of the Federal Republic was set in motion today by Adolf Arndt, the Social Democratic party executive chairman in the West German Bundestag.

Deputy Arndt asked that his Parliamentary immunity be lifted so that criminal proceedings may be instituted against him under a Nazi collection law of 1934, which he intends to violate.

He had called for public contributions for the building of an Anne Frank youth hostel in Israel. Administrative authorities asserted that, according to the 1941 law, their permission was required for such a campaign. They added that a grant of such permission was unlikely.

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