• Short Summary

    THE FIRST COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS TO BE HELD N WEST GERMANY FOR 13 YEARS OPENED IN ESSEN TODAY (12 APRIL).

  • Description

    THE FIRST COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS TO BE HELD N WEST GERMANY FOR 13 YEARS OPENED IN ESSEN TODAY (12 APRIL). IT IS THE INAUGURAL CONGRESS OF THE GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY; ITS PREDECESSOR, THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF GERMANY, WAS DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL 12 YEARS AGO AND IS STILL BANNED.
    THE NEW PARTY WAS INITIATED SIX MONTHS AGO BY KURT BACHMANN, A 59-YEAR-OLD JOURNALIST FROM COLOGNE, AND TONIGHT HE WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN BY AN OVERWHELMING 768 VOTES OT FOUR AGAINST WITH ONE ABSTENTION.
    THE OLD PARTY LEADER, 70-YEAR-OLD MAX REIMANN, WAS ALLOWED TO RETURN TO WEST GERMANY FROM EAST BERLIN LAST YEAR. HE WAS WIDELY EXPECTED TO JOIN THE NEW ORGANISATION, BUT HAS SO FAR REFUSED TO DO SO.
    HERR BACHMANN IS A LIFE-LOG COMMUNIST AND WAS IMPRISONED BY THE GESTAPO FOR HIS ACTIVE OPPOSITION TO THE NAZI PARTY BEFORE THE WAR. HE ESCAPED TO FRANCE IN 1938 BUT WAS HANDED OVER BY THE FRENCH POLICE AFTER THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF 1942. HE AND HIS WIFE WERE SUBSEQUENTLY HELD IN VARIOUS CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND HIS WIFE WAS EXECUTED AT AUSCHWITZ.
    IN HIS OPENING SPEECH AT ESSEN'S GRUGA HALL, HE DECLARED THAT THE NEW ORGANISATION WAS A MARXIST PARTY WHICH SOUGHT A RADICAL REVISION OF WEST GERMAN SOCIETY. BUT HE STRESSED THAT IT HAD NO CLAIM TO LEADERSHIP.
    INSTEAD HE PROPOSED THAT ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD JOIN TOGETHER TO COUNTER WHAT HE CALLED THE INCREASING TREND TO THE RIGHT WING IN WEST GERMANY. AFTER ATTACKING CHANCELLOR KIESINGER'S CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS A REVENGE-SEEKING BODY, HERR BACHMANN SAID WEST GERMANY NEEDED A COMPLETELY NEW GOVERNMENT COALITION WHICH COULD COMPRISE TRADE UNIONISTS, SOCIAL DEMOCRATS AND BOURGEOIS DEMOCRATS. SUCH A COALITION WOULD HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNISTS, HE SAID.
    WITH NEXT AUTUMN'S FEDERAL ELECTIONS CLEARLY IN VIEW, HE SAID THE PARTY AGREED ON MANY POINTS WITH THE TRADES UNION FEDERATION, ESPECIALLY ON WORKER PARTICIPATION IN INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT.
    HE REVEALED THAT THE PARTY HAD GAINED 22,000 MEMBERS IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS. AT THE CONFERENCE THERE WERE DELEGATES FROM MANY PARTS OF WEST GERMANY AND GUESTS FROM SOVIET BLOC AND WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9QHCP39PSGDPKSM0KOFND61H7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9QHCP39PSGDPKSM0KOFND61H7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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