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People: Otto Grotewohl
Locations: Berlin


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German leaders threatened


THE Communist-dominated East German Christian Democratic Party has told Catholic and Protestant Church leaders that their warnings against the Red-controlled National Front are seen as attacks on the security of the State.

The party's statement was considered to be the official Russian-zone answer to the most outspoken attack by Catholic and Protestant leaders on Communism since the Government was

organised less than a year ago. ,

The Church campaign to defend itself against Government attacks began when priests read a pastoral letter warning that those who persist in supporting "materialist world philosophy " would be ex-communicated.

Dr. Dibelius, the Evangelical Bishop of Berlin, also joined in the campaign and declared that Government attacks against the Church violated the State's constitution.

The Communist reply said that " the stand taken by the Catholic and Evangelical churches has sabotaged the German fight for unity and peace."

It denounced what it called the " political tendencies of the Churches" and threatened that the Republic will " ward off with all means" any such attacks.

Otto Grotewohl, the East German Communist Premier, was said at the week-end to have offered what was described as a " truce," after a sixhour conference with Catholic and Evangelical leaders. No details were, however, made public.

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