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May 06, 1960 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-05-06

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Drop Reported in Prejudice Among Florida's Hotels


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The resort hotels of Florida,
once among the nation's most
biased, have shown a "healthy
and substantial decline" in the
practice of religious discrim-
ination, Anti-Defamation League
of Bnai Brith reported.
In a state-wide survey, ADL
found that there had been a
four-fifths drop in the percent-
age of Florida's discriminatory
hotels in the past seven years.
A survey of 500 hotels con-
ducted in 1953 showed that
about 55% excluded or did not
welcome Jewish patronage. The
1960 study of 853 hotels and
motels found that 100—about
12% — discriminated against

Seek Local Witnesses
Against Nazi Crimes

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"They must be migrating to Israel."


Ms, Leoglent /Made

Our Letter Box

Persons who were prisoners
in one of the concentration
camps in and around Lublin
during the Nazi occupation are
currently being sought by Ger-
man authorities, who are con-
ducting an investigation of Nazi
crimes committed in the Lublin
Inmates of Majdanek, Sobidor
or other camps who are willing
to make witness depositions are
asked to contact Mrs. Trude
Friedler, at the Resettlement
Service, 10801 Curtis. Inter-
views can be arranged by call-
ing DI. 1-5959, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The League study of 853 ho-
tels and motels on which it "se-
cured sufficient information for
an evaluation of guest accept-
ance policies covered 30 Florida
communities. Of them, 20 had
one or more hotels which dis-
criminated against Jews. In ten
communities all the hotels sur-
veyed gave "equal treatment to
the Jewish applicant."
In 1957, a national survey by
the League included 239 Flor-
ida hotels and motels; of this
group, 58—or 24%—were found
to be discriminatory. This rep-
resented a drop of more than
half in the percentage of biased
hotels, which continued to de-
crease from 1957 to 1960.
The League's survey pre-
sented the following picture in
other Florida communities:

Palm Beach: In 1957 one of six
hotels examined barred Jews. In
1960, the policies of 38 hotels were
tested, showing that 5 discriminated
against Jewish guests.
Daytona Beach: In 1957, one of
seven hotels surveyed was found
to be discriminatory; in 1960, two
of 87 appeared to be biased.
Hollywood: 1957 — 2 of 12, or
16% discriminated; 1960 — 3 of 37,
or 8%, prejudiced.
Pompano Beach: 1057 — 3 of 6 ho-

tels surveyed barred Jews; 1960 —
of 36 practiced anti-Jewish discrim-
Fort Lauderdale: In 1953 and 1957,

the percentage of discriminatory ho-
tels was about - 60%; in 1960, 30% of
the hotels examined showed prej-
udice against Jews.
Delray Beach: For some years was
touted by local real estate brokers
as being "the only city on the East
Coast (of Florida) fully restricted to
Gentiles." In 1953, the League found
that all hotels surveyed in Delray
Beach were closed to Jews. In 1957,
it found that three out of four
hotels examined barred jews; in
1960 it found that of ten hotels ex-
amined, six accepted Jewish guests.
St. Petersburg: Significant changes
shown since 1947. In 1953, 25% of
hotels surveyed discriminated
against Jews; in 1957 and 1960, about
20% continued the ,practice. "But
substantial comfort," the League
said, "can be derived from the rec-
ognition that in 1960, 42 out of 51
hotels in St. Petersburg accept Jew-
ish guests whereas in 1947, only 13
years ago, virtually every hotel in
the community barred Jewish
Sarasota: In 1953 — 30% barred
Jews; in 1960, one of 44 found to
be discriminatory.
St. Augustine: In 1960, one of 27
hotels checked was found to be dis-
criminatory (no comparative data
available for 1957).

"The sore spots of Florida-
i.e., areas where resort hotel
discrimination against Jews
persist most strongly—are Fort
Lauderdale and Delray Beach,"
the report said.


Buy or
peace-lovers, President Eisen-
hower and company, will try to
bring Nasser and Ben-Gurion to
the round table to settle dif-
ferences and thus relieve ten-
Editor, The Jewish News:
sion in the most dangerous Haim Cohen Assumes
I am motivated, about 20 trouble-spot in the world.
Israel High Court Post
years after first thinking of the
idea, by a problem that my
19480 Stoepel
husband, a practicing physician,
Cohen, former Israeli Attorney
is encountering more and more
General, was sworn in as a
member of Israel's Supreme
Court, following his appoint-
An ever-increasing number of
ment to the bench by President
the older widowed are nervous,
Itzhak Ben-Zvi. He succeeds Jus-
lonely, and plead "What shall
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
tice Schneor Salman Cheshin,
I do?" They cannot, or desire
to The Jewish News)
not, to live with their children,
JERUSALEM—Oil has been whose death left the position
and are very unhappy living found in the Heletz fields in vacant for six months.
Justice Cohen, 49, was born
p or o u s limestone, 200 feet
in Germany, and is the scion of
We have many great human- under the existing oil bearing a long line of prominent rabbis.
itarians in our Jewish Commu- strata of sandstone, it was dis- A graduate of Munich Univer-
nity who might be interested in closed Wednesday.
sity, he came to Palestine after
an enterprise such as the fol-
Oil experts termed the dis- the rise of Hitler. He continued
covery one of considerable sig- his studies at a theological semi-
20811 W. 8 MILE ROAD — KE 4-1400
Either a new building or a nificance and one which may nary here, and subsequently
Just 3 Minutes West of Northland
present building remodeled to lead to reexamination of a score studied for his law degree.
contain bedroom-sitting rooms of dry wells in which drilling
and small efficiency apartments was abandoned when the sand-
with a very large room that stone layer failed to yield oil.
could serve the multi purposes
The discovery also was ex-
of dining room, lounge and rec-
reation room. (Perhaps a Jew- pected to lead to extensive new
ish caterer could be interested drillings both in the Heletz
in serving Kosher meals to fields and in other areas where
those who wish to purchase the same type of limestone
formation exists.
The new oil well is yielding
Volunteers from the various
Jewish women's organizations 150 barrels daily which, under
could be enlisted to lend their present depletion regulations,
talents for recreational activi- is the maximum rate per well.
The entire Heletz fields are
Rentals could be assessed on presently yielding 2600 barrels
a non - profit, self - supporting a day.
basis so that the original in-
vestors could be repaid.
New Israel Consul Joins
A progressive, exemplary
Jewish community like Detroit, in Anniversary Program
I am sure, could band together
to make this work.
Binjamin Eliav, newly appoint-
ed Consul General of Israel in
New York, arrived here to as-
Would Invite Nasser, sume his duties. Dr. Eliav suc-
ceeds Simcha Pratt who re-
B-G to Summit Talks
turned to Israel earlier this
Editor, The Jewish News:
month after serving as consul
Khrushchev has been flying general in New York for two
around preaching peace and and one-half years.
disarmament in the parliaments
Dr. Eliav was born in Latvia
of the world. 'How does he ex- in 1909 and came to Palestine
pect the world to believe him? in 1925. He received his ed-
A peacemaker could tell Nasser ucation in the Universities of
that the Jews have a greater Berlin, Paris and Vienna. The
refugee problem than the Arabs, Consul General began his diplo-
due to the fact that every Jew matic career in 1953 as First
in an Arab country is a refugee. Secretary to the Israel Embassy
Khrushchev could tell Nasser in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The new consul general made
the great prosperity the Arab
countries would enjoy due to his first public appearance at
trade and commerce with Israel. City Hall Monday, the day pro-
Nasser and Ben-Gurion should claimed by Mayor Robert F.
be invited to the Summit Con- Wagner as "Israel Independ-
4 Convenient Offices to Serve You
ference so that they can meet ence Day in New York City."
there, face to face, and talk Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller,
Mayor Wagner, City Council
things over.
6517 Second
18657 Livernois
By sending arms to Nasser president Abe Stark and other
In Concourse
Lot No. 1
against Israel, Khrushchev is
Parking Lot "C"
Across from GM Bldg.
Open Thurs., Fri. to 9
Open Thurs., Fri. to 9
acting, not as a peacemaker, pated in the celebration of the
UN 2-7555
EL 6-2345
TR 2-6000
DR 1-3700
twelfth anniversary of Israel's
but as a war monger.
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Let us hope that the real Independence.

Wanted: A Few

Heletz Fields
Yield More Oil

DEXTER Chevrolet Company


17 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, May 6, 1960


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