Ask Grant Be Tolerated as a 'Harmless Fuddy-Duddy
By MILTON FRIEDMAN
The principles of the Com-
chairman, Jewish groups
mission are described as so
speculate whether the Cen-
"sacred" that "emotional
tennial will serve as a source
distinguished non-Jews reluc- minority protests" would
of bigotry rather than
tant to repudiate the anti- "only reflect on the minority
Semitic fabrications issued by group."
Dr. Bertram W. Korn, presi-
Gen. U. S. Grant, 3rd, chairman
Many distinguished gentle- dent of the American Jewish
of the U. S. Civil War Centen-
men feel it would be best for Historical Society, is a promin-
Government personages and Jews to forget that Gen. Grant ent authority on the Civil War.
eminent scholars on the Com- holds "Jew financiers" to blame He is a member of Gen. Grant's
mission p o l i t e l y evaded at- for the Civil War. The con- Civil War Commission.
tempts by Jewish groups to troversial item was said to be
Dr. Korn studied the issue
obtain intervention with chair- "exaggerated beyond its im- carefully and then charged
man Grant. They agreed that
Gen. Grant with having "lent
The nation respects its no- his name to the most vicious
the stuff Grant distributed was
defamatory. • But they avoided ble antecedants, it was said, anti-Semitic canards about the
and the name "U. S. Grant" Jews and the Civil War."
Civil War enthusiasts have should not be "dragged into a
Dr. Korn said that "no one
become a cult, an inner circle superficial issue of anti- at the time of the war had the
worshipping as heroes their Semitism."
audacity to blame the war it-
ancestors who fought in the
That is the line taken by the self on the Jews. .. . Now, on
war. Cherished are the memo- Centennial hierarchy. The ad- the eve of the celebration of
ries. Battles are verbally re- vice given Jews is to overlook the Centennial," Gen. Grant
fought, all in the spirit of good this matter in their own in- commends "a report which
fellowship. Regional hate is terest.
states that the Civil War was
A leader of one "Civil War caused by the avarice of 'Jew
Possession of Civil War an- Roundtable" said: "The ma- financiers' in Europe in order
cestors has emerged as a status terial may be somewhat un- to gain control of American
symbol. The side on which scholarly and inaccurate. But financial resources."
such ancestors fought does not now that Gen. Grant has pub-
According to Dr. Korn, "one
seem tb matter. The 100th lished it, the Jews would do can only regret that so prom-
anniversary of the war, 1961, is best to use restraint and dig- inent a man is willing to lend
nity—and forget the whole af- his prestige and a famous
Washington's many important fair.
name to the dissemination of
members of the Government-
"While there may be a tech- lies designed to arouse bigotry
sponsored Centennial Commis- nical ground for complaint, the and prejudice."
sion have been made aware of Jews are a new group in this
Gen. Grant atdcked the
the anti-Jewish material pro-
nation. People will think it Anti - Defamation League of
moted by Gen. Grant.
unseemly for newcomers to Bnai Brith when that group
They admit it is virtually
make so much noise over a
identical with propaganda used petty thing. Some of my best sought a repudiation. He de-
by Father Coughlin, the Amer- friends are Jews and they fended the anti-Jewish ma-
ican Mercury and the White agree that it is in the best terial as "generally known
Citizens Councils. But they Jewish interest to be graceful." and supported." He made
new charges against "the
suggest that the issue be
He added that "after all, the Rothschilds" and "the inter-
quietly dropped. Why?
. The '78-year-old Gen. Grant purpose of the Centennial is to national financiers;"
is characterized as a "harm- promote unity among Ameri-
ADL director Herman Edels-
less old fuddy-duddy" whose cans."
berg told the General: "You
The Commission's function have reached a venerable age
"good name" should not be
is to provide appropriate his- and you bear a great name.
"embarrassed." His "eminent
torical material for the Cen- Surely, you do not want to
grandfather" is mentioned.
tennial. If anti-Semitic fab- close your public career by be-
rications are issued by the queathing that name to the
(Copyright, 1959, JTA, Inc
Arrest Arab Brothers
as Spies for Jordan
TEL AVIV, (JTA)—A Jor-
danian spy ring has been un-
covered and two Arab brothers
from Ramleh were arrested af-
ter they were found in posses-
sion of information they were
preparing to pass to Jordanian
intelligence, the police an-
The younger brother, 15, col-
lected information on military
movements aided by a third
relative, aged 13, while the
older brother, 32, arranged the
information collected and pre-
pared it for transmission to
The Ramallah radio in Jor-
dan is reported to have trans-
mitted code signals to the spies
for various functions they had
to carry out.
Israel, Liberia and Iraq
Sign Anti-Bias Convention
UNITED NATIONS (AJP)—
The International Labor Organ-
izatin (ILO) reported from
Geneva that Iraq had joined
Israel and Liberia in ratifying
the convention concerning dis-
crimination in employment
which will begin June 15, 1960.
All ILO member countries
which have ratified this con-
vention have undertaken to de-
clare and pursue a national
anti-bias policy designed to pro-
mote equality of opportunity
and treatment in respect of
employment and occupation.
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fabrications of the warped
minds who operate in the anti-
Semitic underworld. . . . I be-
seech you to take counsel of
the learned scholars. . . ."
- The ADL suggested that
Gen. Grant consult the many
historians associated with the
Commission. "Ask any of them
. . . if the article is not a
tissue of ,lies maticously con-
cocted . . . to foment preju-
dice against Jews. . . ."
Gen. Grant was asked to con-
sider his response if his grand-
father were defamed. "And
yet," said the ADL, "you have
made the more monstrous
charges against the Rothschilds,
Disraeli and Judah P. Ben-
jamin, without a scintilla of
proof. You have defiled Lin-
Hadassah Yields Health
Services in Corridor
Direct JTA Teletype Wire
To The Jewish News
JERUSALEM — Hadassah's
preventive medicine services in
the Jerusalem Corridor will be
transferred to the Ministry of
Health under an agreement
with the government.
The arrangement will free
Hadassah staff and funds to
concentrate on the constantly-
expanding needs of health serv-
ices in the city of Jerusalem,
as well as at the new Hadassah-
Hebrew University Hospital now
nearing completion in Ein
Kapem, near Jerusalem.
Hadassah undertook to con-
tinue to contribute to the pre-
sent budget of the , Jerusalem
Corridor preventive medicine
service for a one and a half
year transitory period.
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