• Short Summary

    ADOLF VON THADDEN, LEADING FIGURE OF WEST GERMANY'S RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, CAME OUT ON TOP TODAY IN A POWER STRUGGLE WITH THE PARTY'S MORE MODERATE LEADER FRITZ THIELEN.

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    DELEGATES AT MEETING; THIELEN LEAVING MEETING; VON THADDEN LEAVING MEETING; VON THADDEN SPEAKING (SOF).



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    VON THADDEN: EVERYTHING HAS GONE QUITE WELL, AND I THINK THAT WE CAN GO INTO THE NEXT ELECTION IN FULL FORCE.



    REPORTER: IS HERR THIELEN STILL CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY?



    VON THADDEN: NO, HE IS NOT.



    REPORTER: WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN?



    VON THADDEN: WILHELM GUTMANN AND I.



    REPORTER: WHO IS THE FIRST CHAIRMAN?



    VON THADDEN: HERR GUTMANN



    REPORTER: HOW SERIOUS DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE NOW IN SPLITTING THE NPD PARTY?



    VON THADDEN: I THINK THE SEROUS PART HAS PASSED... IT'S BEHIND US.



    REPORTER: THERE HAVE BEEN CHARGES THAT THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THE NPD A MORE -- TO USE ONE WORD - EXTREMIST PARTY.



    VON THADDEN: THIS MEANS THAT I MUST HAVE CHANGED INTO AN EXTREME RADICAL WITHIN THE LAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.



    REPORTER: ARE YOU ONE?



    VON THADDEN: NO, I AM NOT.



    REPORTER: WHAT ARE YOU PREDICTING FOR THE ELECTIONS COMING UP NEXT MONTH?



    VON THADDEN: I HOPE FOR THE VERY BEST AND REASONABLE SUCCESS.



    REPORTER: HERR THIELEN SAYS HE IS GOING TO GO TO COURT TO GET A RULING THAT THIS MEETING WHICH DISCHARGED HIM, WAS ILLEGAL.



    VON THADDEN: THIS...OUR CENTRAL COMMITTEE HAS SHUT THIS DOOR DEFINITELY JUST NOW.



    REPORTER: YOU THINK THERE IS ANY LEGAL RECOURSE FOR HERR THIELEN?



    VON THADDEN: NO, I DON'T THINK SO.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ADOLF VON THADDEN, LEADING FIGURE OF WEST GERMANY'S RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, CAME OUT ON TOP TODAY IN A POWER STRUGGLE WITH THE PARTY'S MORE MODERATE LEADER FRITZ THIELEN. YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), HERR THIELEN EXPELLED HERR VON THADDEN, LEADER OF THE PARTY'S RADICAL WING. BUT TODAY, THE PARTY FEDERAL EXECUTIVE REINSTATED HIM AND SUSPENDED THIELEN.

    THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHICH WON SURPRISING SUCCESS IN RECENT ELECTIONS, IS TWO YEARS OLD. RIVALRIES BETWEEN ITS LEADERS BECAME APPARENT A MONTH AGO AND CULMINATED IN FRIDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE PARTY LEADER, HERR THIELEN, HAD DISMISSED HERR VON THADDEN AND A NUMBER OF HIS FOLLOWERS.

    TODAY'S EXECUTIVE MEETING IN A FRANKFURT RESTAURANT REVERSED THE POSITIONS.

    AFTER THE MEETING, HERR VON THADDEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAD REMOVED HERR THIELEN FROM THE CHAIRMANSHIP. TWO JOINT CHAIRMEN HAD BEEN APPOINTED - HERR VON THADDEN AND HERR WILHELM GUTMANN.

    WHEN HE LEFT THE MEETING, HERR VON THADDEN SPOKE ABOUT THE PARTY'S SITUATION.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70ANCI5GHGC5VO1S4RE160F82
    Media URN:
    VLVA70ANCI5GHGC5VO1S4RE160F82
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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