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    VISNEWS filmed May 16-17 in Vienna as 300,000 Sude ten Germans arrived by train and coach from the four corners of the earth to stage a gigantic reunion rally, despite a protest Note from Prague and Communist Press attacks.

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    VISNEWS filmed May 16-17 in Vienna as 300,000 Sude ten Germans arrived by train and coach from the four corners of the earth to stage a gigantic reunion rally, despite a protest Note from Prague and Communist Press attacks.

    The Sudeten Germans, now scattered over Austria, Germany and countries all over the world, are the former inhabitants of Sudetenland, part of Czechoslovakia. In 1945 after Germans defeat all of them were expelled regardless of their war-time political record.

    On May 16 the rally started with a festival in the Konzerthaussaal, where the Sudeten Germans handed the "European Karls Prize" to Chancellor Raab.

    This prize is named after Emperor Karl IV, who made Prague the intellectual centre of Central-Europe. West Germany's Chancellor adenauer is the only previous holder of the Karl's Prize.

    Addressing a mass meeting before the Hofburg - the former Imperial Palace - Chancellor Raab declared that no one present harboured andy though of revenge. No action was being undertaken which a neural Austria could not tolerate. Those assembled were "neither aggressors nor filled with fantasies". Referring to Communist pretests against the rally Herr Raab pointed out that the Sudeten Germans has been pushed over the border regardless of whether they had sympathized with Hitler or not. Austria had to do the best it could for them and "Not one of these States asked us then whether it suited us".

    Concluding, Herr Raab said that Austria was a small country on the dividing line between two worlds who regarded each other with enmity and mistrust, "We must, in common with other nations who think the same as we ... use every opportunity to make the voice of reason and of conciliation break through...Our task is to help the voice of reason sound out through the Danubian lands".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2VFCI2R9O1KL1STTSG2BWIKK
    Media URN:
    VLVA2VFCI2R9O1KL1STTSG2BWIKK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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