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    On Saturday evening, 17th April the Dutch frontier authorities were told by their West German counterparts that a German motor barge with a Swastika flag on deck, a Nazi naval ensign in miniature flying from a staff amidships and the pre-1918 German imperial flag at the bows had come down the Rhine at the German-Dutch frontier at Lobith and was already on the Dutch side of the river.

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    Initials TDH/V/PB


    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Newspaper and other reports about this affair do not fully bear each other out, even as to the name of the man in charge of the vessel. We have checked them as far as possible, by telephone with the Dutch river police at Lobith and the above dopesheet is the result. There are some suggestions that the Stoerbs, son and mother, are mentally unbalanced and also some rumours, which we have been unable to check, that he is wanted for interview, concerning other matters, by the German authorities. We suggest great caution in dealing with the matter.

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    Background: On Saturday evening, 17th April the Dutch frontier authorities were told by their West German counterparts that a German motor barge with a Swastika flag on deck, a Nazi naval ensign in miniature flying from a staff amidships and the pre-1918 German imperial flag at the bows had come down the Rhine at the German-Dutch frontier at Lobith and was already on the Dutch side of the river.

    The Dutch authorities then boarded the vessel. Herr Stoero, in command, said he was on his way to Rotterdam to take on cargo. It is stated that after he had at first refused to take the swastika flag below decks he finally agreed to do so, but that he refused to hand the flag over to the Dutch, or the German, authorities. He was not allowed to go on to Rotterdam and remained at Lobith until 5 p.m. today, Monday, 19th April. A few minutes later, a Dutch tug towed his vessel, the "Greta", registered at Ruhrort, to the West German side of the river, where the German authorities were ready to interview Herr Stoerb.

    Earlier in the day Herr Stoerb and an 87-year-old woman, stated to be his mother and owner of the vessel, willingly displayed the swastika flag, and also their miniature Nazi naval ensign, to a Visnews cameraman.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA93GWH4MKCAGRL4Q7QH70HM98A
    Media URN:
    VLVA93GWH4MKCAGRL4Q7QH70HM98A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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