• Short Summary

    West German Communists met in Dusseldorf on Thursday for their second conference since the party re-emerged as the German communist Party (DKP) in 1968.

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    West German Communists met in Dusseldorf on Thursday for their second conference since the party re-emerged as the German communist Party (DKP) in 1968.

    Communists in West Germany have lived in a state of suspension since the communist party of Germany (KPD) was banned in 1956 by the federal constitutional court.

    The legality of the present organization has not been challenged, but chancellor Willi Brandt is reported to have assured Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet party leader, that the DKP was legal, when the two men met in the Crimea in September.

    The conference in Dusseldorf's exhibition hall was opened by the party leader, Dr. Kurt Bachmann, in the presence of 22 delegations from other countries. The Soviet Union was represented by Politburo member Arvid Pelshe, heading a seven-man delegation.

    SYNOPSIS: In Dusseldorf, West Germany, the German Communist Party, known as the DKP, has been holding its second congress since it was brought into being in 1968. The party leader, Dr. Kurt Bachmann, called on all progressive forces to force back the power and influence of big business and open the way towards peace, democratic progress and socialism.

    Delegations from 21 countries and East Germany attended. Politburo member Arvid Pelshe headed a seven-man delegation from the Soviet Union. When they met in September, Chancellor Willi Brandt is reported to have assured Soviet Party leader Leonid Brezhnev that the party was legal -- the earlier KPD was banned by the federal court in 1956.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DV990DMRM2LQN4YOGKVK2DLE
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DV990DMRM2LQN4YOGKVK2DLE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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