• Short Summary

    EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER THE NAZI TERROR THAT WIPED OUT SIX MILLION JEWS MOST ISRAELIS SEEM AS BITTER AS EVER TOWARD GERMANS.

  • Description

    EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER THE NAZI TERROR THAT WIPED OUT SIX MILLION JEWS MOST ISRAELIS SEEM AS BITTER AS EVER TOWARD GERMANS. BUT SOME JEWS BELIEVE THAT PASSIONS WILL NEVER COOL UNTIL A WAY IS FOUND TO GET GERMAN AND JEW TOGETHER.

    TO THIS END, A NUMBER OF PROMINENT ISRAELIS HAVE ENCOURAGED A SMALL BUT GROWING WEST GERMAN SCHEME THAT ORGANIZERS TOURS OF ISRAEL FOR HUNDREDS OF AVERAGE GERMANS - STUDENTS, TRADE UNIONISTS, EDUCATIONALISTS AND CHURCHMEN.

    MOST SUCCESSFUL PART OF THE PROJECT IS AN ORGANIZATION STARTED BY LOTHAR KREYSSIG, A PROMINENT LAYMAN OF THE GERMAN EVANGELICAL CHURCH, WHICH HAS SENT TEAMS OF VOLUNTEER GERMAN YOUTHS TO WORK ON ISRAELI KIBBUTZIM (COLLECTIVE FARMS).

    FINANCED ENTIRELY BY GERMANS, DR KREYSSIG'S AKTION SUHNEZEICHEN (MEANING ROUGHLY, OPERATION PENITENCE) ASKS NOTHING OF ISRAEL BUT THE RIGHT TO WORK WITHOUT PAY ON ISRAELI PROJECTS. THE ORGANIZATION HAS STATED THAT ONLY Y SHARING THE LIFE ON ISRAELIS AND HELPING TO OVERCOME THE FEELING AGAINST GERMANS CAN IT COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM.

    ONE OF DR KREYSSIG'S GROUPS, 15 YOUNG GERMANS, MOSTLY STUDENTS, IS CURRENTLY WORKING AT KIBBUTZ BAHAM, ON THE JORDAN BORDER. THEY RISE AT 0530 HOURS EACH DAY, AND HEAD FOR ASSIGNED TASKS, LIKE ORANGE-PICKING, PLOUGHING, AND GENERAL FARM WORK BY WHICH THEY EARN THEIR KEEP.

    THE YOUNG GERMANS TRY TO FIT INTO LOCAL EVERYDAY LIFE BY ATTENDING SYNAGOGUE AND JOINING CLUBS. AND SOME ISRAELI FAMILIES AT THE KIBBUTZIM HAVE INVITED THE GERMANS INTO THEIR HOMES, A SURE SIGN THAT IN PART, AT LEAST, OPERATION PENITENCE IS BEARING FRUIT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8BXHGWP0MO7KUS2V1EVNDMMBT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BXHGWP0MO7KUS2V1EVNDMMBT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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