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Jewish Labor Committee and German Social Democrats Agree on Action

February 2, 1960
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A program for intensifying West German public school educational activities, so that the German youth may understand “the historical truth about the horrors which the Nazi racist policies brought to the world, ” was proposed here today in a joint statement issued by the Jewish Labor Committee of the United States and the Social Democratic Party of West Germany.

The program was agreed upon after a conference here between Adolph Held, chairman of the JLC, and Dr. Adolf Arndt, who represented the executive board of the Social Democratic Party in Germany. After discussing the recent outbreaks of anti-Semitic manifestations in Germany, Mr. Held and Dr. Arndt agreed on a program, calling for:

1. The stepping up of anti-Nazi educational activities in West Germany’s elementary and high schools; 2. Removal from posts of “important political responsibility” in West Germany–especially from positions as “members or advisers” to the Bonn Government–such individuals as may have been “the intellectual initiators” of the anti-Semitic manifestations “and have led the way and supported Nazi ideology.”

The two leaders also pledged continuance of joint efforts by the Jewish Labor Committee and the West German labor movement toward eradication of “every vestige of racism and neo-Nazism from the West German Republic. “

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