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Policeman Files Complaint Against Adenauer; Opposes His Plea

January 22, 1960
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A Hamburg police officer has sworn out a complaint against Chancellor Konrad Adenauer because he advocated on-the-spot thrashings of anti-Semitic hoodlums, it was reported today. The officer, Horst Schmidt, charged the Chancellor with violation of a section of the West German criminal code because he had called publicly for the commission of an offense. Before action can be taken, however, Parliament must lift Dr. Adenauer’s immunity as a member of the House.

At Lebrte, near Hanover, three men were sentenced today to up to seven months’ imprisonment for painting anti-Semitic slogans last Monday. Police said that two of the men had at one time links with Communist organizations, while the third was a relative of an East German Communist official.

At Bayreuth in Bavaria, a 32-year-old truck driver was given a six-month jail sentence for telling a Jew “they have forgotten to gas you.”

The Federal Government has concluded that there is evidence that the recent anti-Jewish incidents in West Germany were in part instigated, influenced and furthered by East German agencies, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior stated last night.

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