• Short Summary

    West German police are guarding Jewish buildings all over the country following a fire at a Jewish Old People's Home in Munich during Friday night, in which seven died and nine were injured.

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    West German police are guarding Jewish buildings all over the country following a fire at a Jewish Old People's Home in Munich during Friday night, in which seven died and nine were injured.

    Police are still hunting arsonists who are thought to have started the fire. A reward of 75,000 marks (8,300 pounds sterling) -- the highest ever in West Germany -- has been offered by the government for information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

    Chancellor Willy Brandt has sent a personal message of sympathy to the Central Council of Jews in Germany, saying he will do all in his power to catch the arsonists. A spokesman for the Munich Jewish community said the fire incident was aimed not only at Jews in the town, but also Jews in the rest of Germany and the entire world.

    Munich police are sure the fire, which destroyed the upper storeys of a community centre where elderly people were sleeping, was started deliberately. This suspicion was strengthened by the discovery of an aluminium canister that had apparently contained inflammable fluid.

    Meanwhile, no more chances are being taken, and their is now a police car parked outside most major Jewish buildings throughout West Germany.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACZXBVWOMCDI64SNDBENIG1IQ
    Media URN:
    VLVACZXBVWOMCDI64SNDBENIG1IQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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