German Magazine Says Jewish Groups Influence U.S. Foreign PolicyAP , Associated Press
Apr. 26, 1985 12:43 PM ET
MUNICH, WEST GERMANY MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ A West German magazine, reporting on President Reagan's plans to visit a German military cemetery, claims American Jewish groups strongly influence U.S. foreign policy because they are well-organized.
''How can 6 million American Jews control 209 million non-Jewish Americans?'' the weekly Quick magazine asked in editions that went on sale Thursday.
Publishers described Quick as a non-political magazine aimed at West German housewives. Its average weekly circulation is 865,000.
In its article titled ''The Visit,'' Quick reported on objections in the United States to Reagan's May 5 visit to the Bitburg military cemetery where 2,000 German soldiers, including 49 members of the Nazi Waffen SS, are buried.
The magazine noted that other groups, including the 2.6 million-member American Legion, also are opposed to the visit.
The magazine said America's Jewish community influences foreign policy through its organizational skill. ''The others have no special interest groups, but America's Jews have thousands, among them 14 large ones, such as the 500,000-strong B'nai B'rith,'' Quick said.
Quick described B'nai B'rith as part of America's ''legendary Jewish lobby.''
Officials at the Munich-based Heinrich Bauer Publishing House, which publishes Quick and several other magazines, described Quick as a ''general interest'' magazine oriented toward West German housewives.
Quick is a ''non-political, non-ideological journal that deals with current themes oriented toward a women's audience,'' Otto Hoerner, a spokesman for the publishing house, said in a telephone interview.
He said Quick's comments on Jewish interest groups was an important part of the Bitburg controversy because the concept of ''public pressure groups is not as well known here (in West Germany) as in the U.S.A.'' The article, he said, ''was not an attempt to make a political statement.''
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