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January 21, 1966 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-01-21

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Ford Praises UJA, Says 'Voluntary
Giving Is Hallmark of Democracy'

CHICAGO — American business
should stop being indecisive about
its social responsibilities and "take
the plunge," Henry Ford II said
here Saturday night, at a meeting
of the United Jewish Appeal, at
the Palmer House. The Ford Motor
Co. board chairman said that "in
recent years the business commu-
nity has done a great deal of hem-
ming and hawingover the social
responsibilities of
the corporation."
"As I see it,
there is no long-
er anything to re-
eoncile—if there
ever was — be-
tween the social
conscience a n d
the profit mo-
tive," he declar-
ed.
"It seems clear
Ford
to me that improving the quality
of society — investing in better
employes and customers for to-
morrow — is nothing more than
another step in the evolutionary
process of taking a more far-sight-
ed view of return on investment.
It seems equally clear that the
times have made the step as neces-
sary as capital investment, re-
search and development, enlight-
ened industrial relations or invest-
ment in developing nations."
Ford called voluntary giving a
hallmark of d e in o c r a cy, and
praised the United Jewish Ap-
peal for demonstrating "the
value of private, voluntary aid
in meeting the needs of people
outside our own national bor-
ders."
In the course of his address, Ford

Said:
"Mrs. Golda Meir's announced

retirement reminds me vividly of
an evening 15 years ago when I
had the honor of appearing with
her on a United Jewish Appeal
program in Los Angeles. A great
deal of history has been written
since then, but the events have
only increased the significance of
these humanitarian efforts.
"They are important not only
because there are men, women and
children—Jewish and non-Jewish—
who desperately need help, al-
though that must always be reason
enough. They are important also
because our continued response to
human suffering is the measure of
how well our national character is
holding up in an age of rapid and
universal change.
"In a nation which has accepted
leadership of the free world, that
is a fateful question. In a divided
world grown suspicious of political
maneuvering, the answer we give
must make it abundantly clear that
our national concern for humanity
has been imposed by free people
upon their government—not by
government upon an indifferent
people.
"To that end, voluntary giving
speaks with a conviction and a
'sincerity that tax collections can
never command.
"I would add still one more rea-
son why we must see to it that we
never lag in our efforts to put

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these charity appeals over the top.
"Voluntary giving is more
than an expression of compas-
sion or a demonstration of de-
mocracy's Ideals. It is a frame of
mind that is essential to democ-
racy itself. A people who are
willing to turn all their problems
over to government have lost the
will to govern themselves.
"Here in America, we recognize
that government has a major role
to play in meeting health and wel-
fare needs, but traditionally we
have also insisted upon helping to
meet these problems through our
own citizen efforts. As a result,
the role of the voluntary agencies
in meeting humanitarian needs re-
mains at least as important as the
role of government.
"Voluntary agencies not only in-
crease the sum total of effort
directed against problems but make
possible a wider variety of ap-
proaches. They are better able to
offer personal care and individual
attention.
"The sobering thought we must
keep in mind in our major charity
appeals, however, is that the prob-
lems will have to be met even if
the fund-raising goals are not.
"It seems to me that the time
has come to look at voluntary
giving within a larger context
than we may have done in the
past. Perhaps the place to start
is not with the giving, but with
the need for giving.
"It is little comfort to reflect
that what we define as poverty in
the United States would pass as
affluence in many parts of the
world. It is no more comforting to
reflect that most of the developed
nations of the free world are show-
ing remarkable economic progress
rivaling and even exceeding our
own.
"We cannot consider holding
back our own progress. That leaves
nothing but the choice that we, in
our humanitarian tradition, should
be happy to make: to do what we
can and all we can to bring other
peoples into a more comfortable
life so that we can continue our
own progress without widening the
gap.
"In this magnificent e f f o r t,
voluntary fund appeals like UJA
may well spell the difference be-
tween success and failure.
"Personally, I have every confi-
dence in your success. I firmly be-
lieve that we Americans have
maintained the moral qualities
which, combined with the material
well-being technology has afforded
us, will lend even greater strength
to our voluntary giving than we
have known before.
"Giving has always had the high
aim of reducing human misery.
Now at last we dare look toward
the even higher aim of giving in
order that someday there may no
longer be any need to give."
The meeting, the traditional
springboard for the annual UJA
national drive in the Midwest, also
heard Max M. Fisher of Detroit,
UJA general chairman; Israel's
Ambassador to Canada Gershon
Avner; Rabbi Herbert A. Fried-
man, UJA executive vice-chairman;
Charles H. Jordan, executive vice-
chairman and director general of
the Joint Distribution Committee;
Phillip Stollman of Detroit and
Joseph Meyerhoff of Baltimore,
chairman of the UJA's Israel Edu-
cation Fund. Leonard Laser of
Chicago served as chairman of the
institute which was attended by
900 Jewish leaders from this area.

To Launch Israel Bond
Drive in Miami Feb. 18-20

The 1968 campaign for State of
Israel Bonds will be launched at
an inaugural conference at the
Fontainebleu HOtel, Miami, Feb.
18-20, it was announced by Dr.
Joseph J. Schwartz, vice president
of the Israel Bond Organization.
Samuel Rothberg, national cam-
paign chairman of the Israel Bond
Organization, will be chairman of
the conference.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, January 21, 1966-13

Singer Co. Unravels
Arab Boycott Story;
'Business as Usual'

NEW YORK CJTA)—An author-
ized spokesman for the Singer Co.
here confirmed reports that it had
received an inquiry from an Arab
boycott office about its activities
in Israel and added that there had
been no changes in those activi-
ties.
The spokesman was asked about
a recent announcement of the
Arab boycott committee that the
company had yielded to the boy-
cott. The Anti-Defamation League
of Bnai Brith, investigating the
announcement, learned that the
Arab boycott office in Libya had
written to the company, which has

no manufacturing facilities in Is-
rael but sells its products through
authorized dealers there.
T h e boycott office asked the
company whether it was buying

motors from the Redmond Amcor
organization in Israel for Singer
sewing machines sold by its deal-
ers in Israel. The company re-
plied that it did not buy such mo-
tors, and the Arab boycott com-
mittee thereupon exploited the
reply as a success for the Arab
boycott.
The company spokesman said
that Redmond Amcor motors were
being purchased for use in its
machines sold in Israel but that
the purchases were made through
the dealers. The spokesman said
there had been no change of any
kind in its operations in Israel
since the exchange of communica-
tions with the Libya office.

Letter Vetoes Tribute
to WW II Victims

German Rockwell Disciple
Wins Suspended Term

FRANKFURT (JTA) — Bruno
NEW YORK — In a letter to
Mayor Lindsay the Freethinkers Luedko, 39, who styled himself as
of America, a group devoted to the "new Fuehrer" and distributed
preserving t h e separation of in this country anti-Semitic mater-
church and state, denounced pres- ials published by the American
ent plans to construct a public Nazi Party, was found guilty of
monument to Nazi victims of World "endangering state security." He
was sentenced to eight months in
War II.
The Freethinkers maintain the prison, but the court suspended the
proposed monument to be a viola- sentence after he had promised to
tion of constitutional guarantees of cease his efforts to form a "fourth
church and state separation, and Reich."
Luedko had identified himself
threaten action in the State Su-
preme Court if the monument is as a former member of the Hitler
constructed as planned, in Lincoln Youth. He admitted he was a
disciple of both George Rockwell,
Park Center.
Parks Commissioner Thomas P. leader of the American Nazi Party,
F. Hoving, refuting this attitude, and Colin Jordan, leader of the
stated that he did not consider the British Nazi movement, as well as
monument religious, but humani- of the World Union of Nazis.
He told the court he had a mis-
tarian.
Signed by Joseph Lewis, Free- sion "to restore Nazism as a pur-
thinker president, the letter closed ified religion." Among materials
with the postscript: "I might add found in his possession were Rock-
that the American people were in well publications bearing the
no way responsible for the slaugh- swastika and the skull and cross-
ter of the Jews, and the proper bones, emblem of the Hitlerian SS
place for such a statute would be Corps.
Berlin, Germany."

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Histadrut Forms Partnership
With Car Assembly Firm

HAIFA — KOOR, the His-
tadrut Industrial Complex, and the
Israel Central Trade and Invest-
ment Corporation have formed a
6,000,000-pound ($2,000,000) part-
nership with the British Leyland

Corp. for assembly in Israel of the
popular British Triumph car. This
group has thereby acquired major-
ity control of Autocars Ltd., which
has a new assembly plant at Tirat
Hacarmel near here.

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