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Israel Fears Difficulties in German Reparations Pact

January 20, 1953
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Dr. P. Shinnar, who headed the Israel delegation which worked out the reparations pact with Germany, last night departed by air for Bonn where difficulties have developed over the scheduled ratification of the treaty by the German Parliament.

According to information received here, opposition to the agreement has increased greatly in Germany and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is hesitant about presenting it to the Bundestag for approval. Dr. George Josephthal, who also worked on the agreement at The Hague negotiations, may stop off in Bonn before he continues to the United States on a scheduled trip.

(Addressing a meeting of the German Association for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in Hamburg, Prof. Franz Boehm, head of the German delegation to The Hague reparations negotiations, declared that the treaty must not be sacrificed to Arab demands. He charged that German opponents of the agreement were “making themselves instruments of Stalin’s anti-Semitism” which, he insisted, was aimed at both the Middle East and West Germany.)

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