Nazi era called 'golden years'

BERLIN -- The director of the tennis club hosting the German Open was suspended Friday because of a story in the tournament program that described the club as having its "golden years" after Jewish members were expelled by Nazis.

Lars Rehmann, director of the LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin, was suspended after club president Hans-Juergen Jobski promised to take action over the story in response to criticism.

"This article is a catastrophe that there's no excuse for -- it's an indescribably insensitive text," Jobski said.

In 1933, when the Nazis took power, they expelled Jewish members of LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin, half the membership of one of the country's most famous clubs.

"Sportswise, this change wasn't a demolition for the club and the cream of German tennis -- to the contrary," the guide said.

The following years, in which many Nazis joined the club, were called "golden years" in the guide. During that time, one of the club's players, Gottfried von Cramm, won the French Open in 1934 and 1936.

"The question is, if there's enough shame among the people responsible for this scandalous publication," Jewish German film producer Artur Brauner told Berlin daily B.Z. in comments published Friday.

Brauner's wife and daughter walked out of a match Wednesday after looking through the guide. B.Z. said they were joined by other spectators.