[Right_to_die] Jewish condemnation of award to former Nazi SS man
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Sat May 31 08:23:57 PDT 2008
ABC News in NY reported 30 May 08:
Germany's top Jewish organization on Tuesday condemned a medical
organization's decision to bestow its top honor on a prominent physician
who was once a member of the SS and the Nazi party.
Dr. Hans-Joachim Sewering, 92, was one of four physicians honored with
the top award of the Professional Association of German Internists,
known as the BDI, on March 30.
Der Spiegel magazine publicized the tribute in this week's edition,
noting that in 1933 Sewering joined the SS, a paramilitary organization
loyal to Nazi ideology. He joined the Nazi party a year later.
"This is absolutely the wrong signal and it's a scandal," said Stephan
Kramer, general secretary of Germany's Central Council of Jews.
He said Sewering's Nazi past was well known — having led him in 1993 to
publicly decline the presidency of the World Medical Association. The
World Jewish Congress had threatened to lead a boycott of the
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