DUSSELDORF (Feb. 23)
The city of Dusseldorf, birthplace of the poet Heinrich Heine, sponsored a memorial meeting and a banquet to commemorate the centennial of the poet’s death. Present as a guest of honor at the banquet was Dr. F. Shinnar, chief of the Israel Purchasing Mission in West Germany. Other guests included West German Cabinet members and heads of various universities.
As part of the national observance of the Heine centennial, the West German Government issued a ten pfennig postage stamp. Memorial meetings and readings from Heine’s works were held in various German cities. In Dusseldorf it was announced that the city had purchased, for $50,000, a collection of 3,700 manuscripts of Heine’s which had been secreted out of the country during the Nazi regime and kept in a New York bank vault for safe keeping. The Mayor of Dusseldorf announced that with this acquisition, Dusseldorf now owns the largest Heine library in existence.