Newspapers: Germany's Jewish Watchdog

When Kurt Georg Kiesinger was first proposed as German Chancellor, much of the world's press expressed shock that a man with a Nazi past could be considered for the post. Kiesinger answered the attacks by citing the enthusiastic support he received from Germany's only nationwide Jewish news paper, Allgemeine Unabhangige Judische Wochenzeitung (General Independent Jewish Weekly). Emphasizing that he had been an inactive, reluctant party member, he referred doubters to the paper's editor. "Ask my friend Karl Marx," he said.

Marx (no kin), who died this month at 69, was happy to say that Kiesinger was indeed a close and...

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