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Joachim Lipschitz, West Berlin Senator, Dies; Was Head of Police

December 13, 1961
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Joachim Lipschitz, Minister of the Interior of West Berlin, died yesterday from the effects of a heart attack he suffered at a meeting in the West Berlin Senate. He was 43.

As a Senator, he was in charge of the West Berlin police and in that capacity he directed police raids against anti-Semites and neo-Nazis in West Berlin in 1960. Son of a Jewish physician, Herr Lipschitz was arrested by the Nazis when he was 18; Later he was drafted into the German army. He was later dismissed partially because it was discovered that one of his parents was Jewish. He lost his right arm fighting in the Russian campaign.

Mr. Lipschitz was a close associate of Mayor Willi Brandt. He was elected to the West Berlin city Parliament in 1950 and became Interior Minister in 1955.

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