Some 200 wartime German and Austrian officers assembled in Regensburg, West Germany, for a reunion, October 24.
LSV Civilians entering building.
SV Ex German officers enter wearing decorations.
CU German officers entering.
SV Men entering wearing decorations.
SV Two men wearing Iron Cross at neck looking at books.
CU Man wearing Iron Cross, at neck.
SV Books on table.
SV Picture of Rommel.
CU Picture of spitfire plane destroyed.
GV German officers - upstairs.
GV Sepp Dietrich arriving - takes off coat.
CU Dietrich wearing decoration.
SV Dietrich seated with others talking.
GV Crowded hall - people listening.
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Background: Some 200 wartime German and Austrian officers assembled in Regensburg, West Germany, for a reunion, October 24. Among them was former SS General Sepp Dietrich, decorated by Hitler with the Ritterkreuz with oakleaves, swords and diamonds - Nazi Germany's highest military award, held by only 13 officers including Rommel.
Regensburg Burgomaster and General Hurst Niemack, holder of the oakleaves and swords, addressed the officers, many of whom hold rank in the new German Army. The burgomaster said it was now clear that "there is a great difference between love of one's country by a soldier, and Nazism - these brave soldiers gathered here love their country."
In West Germany, steps are being taken to ban the Association of Nazi Victims on the allegation that it is a Communist cover-group. And in Frankfurt, six people were fined or imprisoned for "jew-baiting", October 24. Swastikas were painted on a cafe door and the windows smashed.