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August 20, 1965 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-08-20

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Committee Reports Neo-Nazis' Membership
Losses But 'Currency and Prestige' Gains

The American Jewish Commit-
tee, in a report on neo-Nazi activi-
ties in Europe coinciding with the
20th anniversary of the end of Hit-
lerism, concludes that the hun-
dreds of neo-Nazi parties and splin-
ter groups organized throughout
Europe in the late 1940s and early
1950s have lost members and
strength during the past decade,
but their racist ideas and political
themes recently have been gaining
"currency and prestige."
The extremist groups that re-
main have been carrying on two
major anti-Semitic campaigns, one
covert, the other open, adds the
report prepared by the commit-

tee's foreign affairs department.
The undercover campaign, often
in alliance with Arab groups, seeks
to prevent adoption by the Ecu-
menical Council of any declara-
tion that makes clear Roman Cath-
olic Church opposition to anti-
Semitism, repudiating the charges
of Jewish responsibility for the
death of Jesus. The public cam-
paign consists of the constant drive
to establish that the Nazi murder
of 6,000.000 Jews is nothing but
"a fable."
In its survey of neo-Nazi ac-
tivities, the American Jewish
Committee reports that in West
Germany, at the end of 1964,

Israel Pine Grove Dedicated to Priest

A grove of pine trees sponsored by the American Jewish Com-
mittee's Institute of Human Relations is dedicated to the late Rev.
John LaFarge, S.J., leader in race and interreligious relations who
received the AJC's American Liberties Medallion in 1959 for
"exceptional advancement of the principles of liberty and equality."
Participating in ceremonies near Jerusalem are Rev. C. J. McNaspy,
S.J., associate editor of American magazine and colleague of Father
LaFarge, who edited the publication before his death in 1963; and
Rabbi Roses C. Weiler, adviser to the chairman of the Jewish
National Fund in Israel. Looking on are Rev. Walter Kern of Buf-
falo, N.Y., and Rev. Francis Reilly of Totowa, N.J. Father McNaspy
is shown wearing the ceremonial yarmulke that belonged to Father

`Concise English Dictionary' Erases
Terms, Synonyms Offensive to Jews

LONDON (JTA)—Odhams Press
Ltd., one of the largest publishing
firms in Britain, acted swiftly to
carry out a pledge to remove from
its "Concise English Dictionary"
slurring definitions of Jews.
The Glasgow Jewish Times had
sent a protest earlier this month
to Odhams director C. K. Jones,
noting that the dictionary defini-
tion of Jews include the synonyms
of "extortionist, bargainer, money-
lender" and used the word as a
verb, meaning "to cheat, outwit."
Jones promised immediate action.
Tuesday the firm notified the
Jewish newspaper that several
thousand copies of the dictionary,
scheduled for delivery this month,
were being amended, as were all
unbound copies in stock in the
publishing plant.
The amended definition for Jew
reads: "A member of the Hebrew
branch of the Semitic race; Isra-
elite; believer in the Hebrew re-
ligion." Jones said that the change
"will involve us in considerable
expense" and added: "It is some-
thing we willingly undertake. In
our lifetime, anti-Semitism has

brought death to millions and un-
told misery to hosts who survived.
We will not wittingly lend our sup-
port to racial or religious discrim-
Jewish circles here expressed
satisfaction with • the publisher's
decision to amend a wrong. Morris
Linden, editor of the Glasgow Jew-
ish newspaper, was lauded for hav-
ing initiated the protest to Odhams

U.S. Grants $120,000
to National Jewish Hospital
DENVER (JTA)—The United
States public Health Service has
awarded $120,000 to the National
Jewish Hospital here for investi-
gation of new drugs for treatment
of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis.
The project director for the
study, which will take five years,
is Dr. T. William Lester, chief of
chest medicine at the hospital. The
assistant director is Dr. William E.
Dye, chief of clinical microbiology.
The study will seek to determine
the effectiveness of new drugs not I
only to attack tuberculosis organ-
isms which have become immune,
but other drugs as well.

Pittsburgh Y Expanded

there were 119 extremist organ-
izations while more than 40 such
groups had been formed in Aus-
tria during the past ten years.
Though neo-Nazi groups seem
to be shrinking in strength as the
older generation dies off and under
the impact of European prosper-
ity and the establishment of work-
ing democratic regimes in Ger-
many and Italy, several danger-
ous factors are noted:


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1. Support for anti-Semitic and right-
radical groups in Europe and South
America by the Nasser • Government
and the Arab League, as evidenced
by the recent exposure of a neo-Nazi
underground in Sweden.
2. The attraction to right-wing ideo-
logies of large numbers of university
3. The increased currency and pres-
tige of certain racist and political
themes that were advanced almost
solely by neo-Nazis in the early post-
war period.

Apart from survival, these ex-
tremist groups have shown skill
in various forms of cooperation,
the committee's report adds, giv-
ing as examples: the creation of
escape routes for war criminals,
the continual shipment of extrem-
ist literature across frontiers, and
the ability to exploit trouble and
tension, as with French difficulties
in Algeria, social strife in Bel-
gium, and Austrian-Italian conflict
over the Alto Adige region.
The committee points to the
growth of the right-wing press and
publications both in France and
Germany as "the right extremists'
most notable achievement of late."
In addition to former Nazis, ex-
generals, and right radicals, one
writer often quoted by the right
propagandists is the American his-
torian, Dr. David Hoggan, whose
898-page book, "The Enforced
War," casts the British as the vil-
lains who caused World War II
and Hitler as their victim.
"Right-wing heroes are getting
a greater play than at any time
during the past two decades,"
the report states, and adds: "re-
newed interest in World Wars I
and II is warmly welcomed by
all the right-radical groups for
it offers them another opportu-
nity to impress the youth and to
urge for a 'rewriting of his-
tory.' "
With Jews rarely an open target
today, extremist groups in Europe
seem to be concentrating their at-
tention on the racial and ethnic
minorities who are migrating
across national boundaries as part
of the widespread movement to
meet Europe's labor shortages.


PITTSBURGH (JTA)—The YM- 8—Friday, August 20, 1965
YWHA-Irene Kaufmann Center of
Pittsburgh announces plans to
build a Jewish Center building to
serve Jewish families in the city's
East End. The capital expansion
goal will be close to $3,000,000.

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