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September 21, 1962 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-09-21

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Dean Mallinson of Western Mich.
University Clarifies Position on
Publishing of Offensive Brochure

Dr. George G. Mallinson,
Dean of the School of Graduate
Studies of Western Michigan
University, located in Kalama-
zoo, in a statement issued to
The Jewish News, clarifies his
position on the anti - Semitic
statements that were incorpo-
rated in the pamphlet "A Sol-
dier's Life—the Civil War Ex-
perience of Ben C. Johnson,"
which was published by his de-
partment. The brochure was
criticized in the Purely Com-
mentary column of The Jewish
News on Sept. 7.
In his statement, Dean Mallin-
son declares:
"Let me make clear at the
very outset that these materials
did bear the name of the School
of Graduate Studies, Western
Michigan University and I shall
support one hundred per cent
your privilege to react to these
in any way you choose. Under
no circumstances do I object
to your editorial criticism. Un-
less this privilege is accorded
the newspaper, I am convinced
that there is no need of putting
anything in print.
"I want to make it clear that
I am not a historian, but rather
a scientist. Consequently, my
views of what may be suitable
for publication may not be the
same as those of historians. I
want to place it to indicate as
a matter of record that I did
object to the inclusion of this
item on the grounds that it

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would be offensive. Dr. Brown,
the editor, disagreed and indi-
cated that my attitude is not
consistent with historical prin-
ciples. I make this point, not
to reject Dr. Brown's opinion,
but rather to indicate that it is
not the same as mine. I did
write Dr. Brown on May 13
after editing the galley. Two
paragraphs from my letter to
him may be pertinent:
In supplementing my
editing and my penned com-
ments on the galley, I want to
state that I do not believe that
the inclusion of such references
adds anything to the publica-
tion. I am equally convinced
that their removal in no way
affects the historical signifi-
cance of the publication.
" '2. I am equally convinced
that the retention of unflatter-
ing references is likely to draw
criticism from ethnic groups to
whom they will be distasteful.
I do not believe that the prin-
ciple involved in their retention
is sufficiently meritorious to
risk problems that might arise.'
"I want to make clear, also,
that my attitude was not one
of expediency or hypocrisy, but
one of honest belief that such
statements are not representa-
tive of the Jewish contribution
to the Civil War and, from a
contemporary viewpoint, were
not desirable. Since I publish
Faculty Contributions as a schol-
arly item and do not edit such
materials as I do edit those
that appear in School Science
and Mathematics, I have no real
authority to reject material.
After considerable debate, I was
overruled. Again, I do not want
to debate the merits of being
overruled. I merely state these
points as matters of fact.
"The entry made in the pre-
face, although bearing my name,
is exactly what Dr. Brown sub-
mitted. However, since it bears
my name, I will take complete
responsibility for it.
"There is one point that I
believe is inaccurate. The re-
view in your editorial appears:
`An Unflattering State-Financed
Pamphlet . . .' This is not cor-
rect. The document is not pub-
lished with state funds. All the
faculty contributions are sup-
ported by a sustaining fund.
The profits from sales of the
publications are the only source
of revenue.
"Personally, I would like to
apologize to you and to any
other persons for any offensive
elements of the document. -I
assure you that it is not my
desire, whether the School of
Graduate Studies is directly or
indirectly responsible, to have
its name associated with diffi-
culties such as these."

Israel Reduces
Interest Payment on
Foreign Depositors
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The
Israeli Treasury announced a
reduction of interest paid on de-
posits held by foreign residents
from five to four-and-a-half per
cent. The rate, originally six
per cent, has been gradually
cut to the international level
after the Treasury achieved its
goal of encouraging foreign cur- .
rency holdings in local banks.
The reduction will apply to
new deposits and to time de-
posits when they are renewed.

South African
Police Chief Denies
Existence of Nazis
JOHANNESBURG, (JTA) —
Major General J. M. Keevy, the
acting chief of police here, de-
clared that reports about the
existence of a secret Nazi, anti-
Semitic organization in South
Africa were "unfounded."
The press reported a week ago
that such an organization in this
country had been discovered and
that the South African group,
responsible for several anti-Jew-
ish bombings, was linked with
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Chicago Federation
Sets Rosenwald
Centennial Event
CHICAGO, (JTA) — A Julius
Rosenwald centennial, honoring
the memory of the late outstand-
ing Jewish philanthropist, was
proclaimed by the Jewish Fed-
eration of Metropolitan Chicago.
The Federation also announced
that it will mark the centennial
with a special dinner at which
an award named for Julius Ro-
seriwald will be presented.
Guests of honor at the dinner,
which will take place on Oct. 14,
will be members of the Rosen-
wald family, children and grand-
children of Rosenwald. It -is ex-.
pected that over 500 Chicagoans
will attend the dinner, including
officers, board members and sup-
porters of the Jewish Federation
and its 12 medical and social
welfare agencies; the Jewish
Welfare Fund; and descendants
of men and women who served
with Julius Rosenwald on the
Jewish charities boards of direc-
tors.
For 25 years, Julius Rosenwald
served on the board of directors
of the Associated Jewish Chari-
ties, now called the Jewish Fed-
eration. For nine years he served
as president. Rosenwald began
his philanthropic endeavors in
Chicago's Jewish community, but
later his humanitarianism extend-
ed far beyond his city and its
Jewish community, reaching
around the world and across re-
ligious, national and racial bar-
riers. He was born in Spring-
field, Ill. in 1862 and died in
Chicago in 1932.

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