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German Ministers Discuss Anti-semitism; Numerous Jew-haters Jailed

February 5, 1960
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The problem of anti-Semitism in West Germany was analyzed today at a meeting of the Ministers of the Interior of the West German states as local authorities cracked down on neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic manifestations.

The jury court in Bad Kissingen sentenced a merchant to three months in jail for insulting Jewish hotel guests. A juvenile court in Dinslaken ordered a month’s detention for a 19-year-old painter’s helper and a 20-year-old waiter was sentenced to three months in Cologne.

Two plumber’s helpers were jailed for four and six weeks in Hof and two workers were arrested in Hamburg for shouting “Adolf Hitler will come back soon. Then all of you will be gassed.” A few hours after an anti-Semite was sentenced in Woellstein, swastikas were found smeared on the courthouse.

Two technology students in Darmstadt, Gyorgy Safrany, 22, and Sandor Szigeti, 23, received two-month terms for saying publicly that “not enough Jews have been gassed.” Both were refugees from the Hungarian revolt.

Herbert Roettcher, 34, received an eight-month term in Northeim and in Oppenheim. Adolf Theiss was suspended from his high school teaching post for making anti-Semitic remarks. A Hamburg court sentenced August Brinker, a taxi driver, to six weeks in jail for insulting a Jewish merchant.

Inquiries were started in Nuremberg against Karl Baier, an engineer accused of publishing Nazi and anti-Semitic statements. In Dimbach, the prosecution dismissed charges filed against Eugen Walter by the father of a 10-year-old boy whom Walter thrashed when he caught the boy smearing swastikas.

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