Paul Spiegel Reinforces Investigation By ARD's "REPORT Mainz" Broadcast

Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany: "I have been aware of anti-Semitic incidents at Waldorf schools for about one and one-half years."

Spiegel made this statement in regard to anti-Semitic incidents at Waldorf schools, among other things, in the "Wortwechsel" (Verbal Exchange) program of Germany's Suedwestfernsehen (South West Television or SWR).

Paul Spiegel's exact words: "I have been receiving reports of anti-Semitic incidents in various cities for about the past one and one-half years. I haven't been able to take action until now, because the parents who told me about them wished to remain anonymous."

In response to the question how the Central Council of Jews planned to address the matter in the future, Spiegel stated that the first step was collecting more information. "When we have all the facts we will consider what action to take." Spiegel definitely plans to continue to work on this issue. "I am really quite shocked about what I've heard," he says. His statement reinforced the investigation carried out by the ARD news program "REPORT Mainz."

A "REPORT Mainz" segment on 2/28/00 reported on racist curriculum and anti-Semitic incidents in German Waldorf schools. Parents of children at the schools and a representative of a Jewish organization in Switzerland had provided information on the curriculum and the incidents. The segment also included critical statements by education specialists on specific aspects of Waldorf pedagogy.

The complete discussion between Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Fritz Frey may be seen on Suedwestfernsehen on Sunday, 3/19/00, at 10:35 p.m.

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