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August 09, 1963 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-08-09

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More and more Jewish commu-
nities throughout the south are
involving themselves in a
"growing ring of desegregation
activities," it was asserted here
by the Southern Israelite, local
weekly newspaper edited by
Adolph Rosenberg, on the basis
of a study made by the paper.
The Atlanta Jewish news-
paper said in an editorial that
"the impression erroneously
prevails that Jewish residents
in the south are all cowering
in fear over the problem of
desegregation and adopting a
hands-off attitude."
"Thousands are indeed lo-
cated in states where the threat
of anti-Semitism hangs heavily
over their heads and they may
be in actual bodily danger
which could be ignited by such
efforts as the abortive visit of
the demonstration-happy rabbis
in Birmingham," his editorial
continued. "But thousands more,
by far the majority, live in
areas where goodwill and re-
spect for law and order com-
prise the prevailing southern
sentiment, and their leaders are
unafraid and forthright in seek-
ing solutions.
"The most tried are Jews
who live in scattered towns
and cities, isolated for the
most part from contemporary
Jewish opinion and the reas-
surance of Jewish neighbors,"
the paper stressed. "These
frontliners cannot be over-
looked or disregarded by
courageous arm-chair strate-
gists," the editorial empha-
In Charleston, S.C., the news-
paper reported, "Jewish resi-


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dents are working with their
Christian neighbors for the best
possible solution" of desegre-
gation efforts. In Savannah,
Ga., "the Jewish community is
participating actively in bring-
ing a solution to the desegrega-
tion-troubled population."
On the other hand, in Albany,
Ga., an attempted sit-in in the
Jewish temple there on a Fri-
day night was frustrated when
"ushers turned away two Jew-
ish members of the student
integration movement, and a
third person described by mem-
bers of the congregation as a
Negro child." The newspaper
stated that the Albany congre-
gation, "one of Georgia's old-
est groups, has a policy of not
admitting Negroes to services."
The Charleston report noted
that "while Jewish leaders in
some areas of the south are
working behind closed doors, or
refraining from participation
because they fear anti-Semtisrn,
this is not the case in Charles-
ton." Several stores in that
city, including establishments
owned by Jews, have added
Negro salesmen to their staffs.
Dr. William Wexler, pres-
ident of the Jewish Commu-
nity Council of Savannah,
told The Southern Israelite
that "local Jews are taking a
forthright part with other
residents in working out a
solution" to desegregation
demands. Wexler noted that
at least two leaders of the
Jewish community in Savan-
nah are among the city's ne-
gotiators "trying to work out
an amicable development."
The Savannah report noted:
"Jewish merchants and trades-
men have experienced loss in
the unofficial boycott of the
Colored protest group, although
many of the merchants have
participated with non-Jewish
merchants in meeting the de-
mands of the Negroes." Only
one incident in Savannah, ac-
cording to Wexler, indicated an
anti-Jewish attitude. That in-
cident, he said, involved one
picket sign that read: "You
gave freedom to JewG, Japs and
Chinese—why not to- us?"
Both Savannah and Charles-
ton Jews said that the local
temples would admit Negroes
if they wished to attend reli-
gious services. Wexler was
quoted as saying: "It ill be-
hooves Jewish . people, who are
so concerned with human dig-
nity and civil rights, for our-
selves to deny these privileges
to others."

Minnesota Hillel Leader Tells Concern Over
Interdating and Intermarriage on Campus

cern over the increase in inter-
dating and intermarriage of
Jewish students at the Univer-
sity of Minnesota was expressed
here by Rabbi Louis Milgrom,
director of the Hillel Founda-
tion at the University.
In a report to the Minnesota
Hillel Advisory Council, Rabbi
Milgrom pointed to what he
called an "extremely dangerous"
trend of interdating and inter-
marriage among Jews _ on the
campus, in spite of an apparent

Bus Service Resumes
for Ultra-Orthodox
in Jerusalem Quarters

service to and from the Meah
Shearim and Beit Yisrael quar-
ters of Jerusalem, was resumed
by the Hamekasher Bus Coopera-
tive, after a three-day suspen-
sion following the Sabbath ston-
ing of buses by ultra-Orthodox
zealots from those quarters.
A number of vehicles and sta-
tions belonging to the Coopera-
tive were damaged during the
stoning Saturday night by the
zealots who alleged that three
Hamekasher buses participated
in transporting a group of Bap-
tists from Mandelbaum Gate
earlier on the Sabbath. Twelve
demonstrating zealots were ar-
rested and held for trial, while
six other juveniles were releas-
ed on bail and will be similarly

sharp drop over the past year
in the proportion of non-Jewish
dates at "official" Jewish func-
Rabbi Milgrom, who said he
based his views on daily counsel-
ing problems, told the American

Jewish World here that "inter-
marriage as well as interdating
continued to rise and will not
abate until something is done on
a far larger scale throughout the
The Hillel leader reported on
his participation in a recent
discussion at a fraternity where
Book on Frankfurt
those who favored complete
Jewry Under Nazism freedom in interdating forth-
rightly articulated their stand,
Issued in Germany
while those who the rabbi knew
FRANKFURT, (JTA) — T h e opposed interdating remained
first volume of a projected two- silent.
volume work to detail the fate
of the Jews of this ancient city,
Southern Michigan has grown
from the rise of the Hitler animals larger than elephants
power in 1933, until the defeat — not in recent centuries, but
of the Nazis in 1945, was pub- fossil remains of mammoths
lished here. The volume con- and mastodons tell us so.
tains documentation f r om
government and Nazi p art y
files. A second volume will con-
tain a description of the events
connected with the documents.
The book was edited by Diet-
rich Adernacht and Dr. Eleanor
Sterling, former West German
by Walter E. Field
correspondent for the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency. May or
Bockelman, of Frankfurt, wrote
a foreword to the volume, stat-
ing: "In comparison with com-
4,000 Years in 40 Pages
parable publication, more em-
phasis is here and laid on the
initial years of Nazi rule. It is
in the beginnings, not the end,
Gift Book
that we find right abandoned.
At All Detroit $5
The very magnitude of the
Book Stores
catastrophe can all too easily
obscure the fact that injustice
always begins in small things.


Issue English Copy
of Swiss Unclaimed
Properties Decree

World Jewish Congress office
here issued an English trans-
lation of the recently adopted
Swiss decree on "Unclaimed
Properties of Stateless Persons
and Foreigners in Switzerland"
and its implementary regula-
The law lifts the stringent
Swiss banking regulations that
protected the identity of de-
positors and have, until now,
prevented a c t i on regarding
bank accounts, d e p o s i t s or
other assets left unclaimed
since the war.
Enactment of the Swiss legis-
lation follows long negotiations,
both by the Allies and various
Jewish organizations — Swiss
and foreign. The decree deals
with all kinds of properties of
which it is known or presumed
that they belonged to persons
who have been "victims of
racial, religious or political

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-- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, Au gust 9, 1963

Newspaper Study Reports Jewish
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