At a mass meeting in Dusseldorf Aug 28 - attended by over 60,000 refugees from Upper Silesia - Dr.
At a mass meeting in Dusseldorf Aug 28 - attended by over 60,000 refugees from Upper Silesia - Dr. Erhard, West German Deputy Chancellor and Economics Minister, said post-war Polish control of territories beyond the Oder-Neisse line did not alter the fact that they were still German. Wild cheering broke out among the crowd when the West German leader spoke of the unchanging German character of Silesia.
Dr. Erhard was deputising for Chancellor Adenauer, who had to cancel his address due to his holiday in Italy. The Economics Minister stressed West Germany's desire for "peaceful neighbourliness" with Poland. While he spoke of the wrongs done to Poland in the name of the German people, the Deputy Chancellor stated "We cannot overlook the injustice done to Germany in the East since 1945".
He said Russia's Premier Khrushchev was, like Stalin, pursuing a policy of ruthless aggression combined with feelings of inferiority towards the West. He warned the Poles that permanent peace could not be based on the division of Germany.