The American High Commissioner's gesture of friendship toward German Catholics, to preserve for them the huge assembly hall at Bochum where many meetings of this year's Katholikentag were held, appears to be doomed to failure.
This is due to the stubborn insistence of Yugoslavia to get every penny of her dues on account of reparations. The suggestion to spare the hall had been approved by the British authorities, on condition that an equivalent value be obtained to meet Tim's requirements. Now it has been found that it would cost the German Government about 750,000 dollars to make a building of equal size available, and to recondition the Bochum hall for peaceful uses.
On the other hand, dismantling the Bochum hall will cost about 450.000 dollars, including compensation to the Bochum steel plant which owns it.
Under the circumstances it appears that the hall, which has seen so many inspiring events under its roof, will shortly be dismantled and shipped to Yugoslavia.