Vandals Set Fire to
Jewish Communal Office
The Myth About
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WEST BERLIN (JTA)—West Berlin's Lord Mayor Heinrich Albert assured the city's Jewish
community Sunday that the police will do everything in their power to apprehend the vandals who
set fire Saturday to a building in the Jewish community complex which houses the offices here
of the Allegemeine Wochenzeitung Der Juden, the Jewish weekly newspaper published in Dusseldorf.
The perpetrators of the arson set fire to the building by pouring gasoline on various parts of
the structure. The fire brigade extinguished the flames before much damage was done.
West Berlin Mayor Willie Brandt Sunday announced a reward of 5,000 deutschemarks
($1,250) for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for setting the fire.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany, in a letter to Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, denounced
the arson attack and warned of the dangers that could come from right-wing propaganda.
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Threatens Jewry's Economic Life
Control of Argentina's
Credit Unions Assailed
By Senator Fullbright
WASHINGTON—Senator William Fullbright,
chairman of the senate foreign relations commit-
tee, said Tuesday that the taking of control of the
credit union cooperatives in
Argentina by the Central Bank,
an act inspired by the new
military regime, was "a major
blow to the development of a
middle class in Argentina and
eventually a democratic sys-
Senator Fulbright did not
mention the fact that many of
these credit unions belonged to
Jews and were originally estab-
lished some 70 years ago by
Sen. Fullbright Jewish farmers.
Senator Fulbright went on to say: "In view of
this development I hope our government will go
very slowly in extending financial assistance to
this new dictatorship."
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — An order which may have serious effects on Jewish economic life
and on the existence of the highly developed Jewish school system in Argentina was issued 'by the
newly established government of President Juan C. Ongania. It empowers the Argentine Central
Bank, highest official financial authority, to exercise control over all credit cooperatives and, in
tarn circumstances, even to close them.
Although the credit cooperatives and their parallel banking system
are being used also by non-Jewish business enterprises, they are a major
factor in Jewish commercial life. The measure against them was already
prepared last November under the governmnt of Arturo Illia which was
ousted about 10 days ago by General Ongania, but it was not put into
operation because of the strong opposition against it by numerous eco-
The credit cooperative movement is divided mainly in two groups:
One is the Instituto Movilizador, rumored to be communist-infiltrated,
whose several officials had been arrested a few days ago but were since
released. The other is Ente Economico de la Federacion de Cooperatives,
which is composed mainly of Jewish non-leftist elements. The latter, be-
sides constituting the financial basis for small Jewish middle-class business
enterprises, also provides financal support to the Jewish schools here
which are among the best Jewish schools in the world.
No withdrawals of funds could be made Tuesday from most of the
credit cooperatives. The correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency sought to cash personal
checks in at least three cooperatives but was told by the cashiers that "until further orders" no pay-
ments would be made. It was widely feared that the move would create irreparable problems. The
wide publicity given the measure over the radio and in the press alarmed many of the clients of
the cooperatives who could completely break the cooperative system if an extensive run of with-
On Saturday, Federal Police Chief General Mario A. Fonseca visited the Jewish Old Age Club
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World Jewish Education Council
Will Promote Day School Movement
GENEVA (JTA)—The presidium of the World Council on Jewish Education
approved a statement here Sunday under which the Council will give special emphasis
to the promotion of Jewish day schools in its permanent program.
The day school issue evoked a lengthy debate at the meeting here of presidium
members and 37 leading Jewish educators from 12 countries. The presidium is
preparing a statement of objectives to guide the activities of the Council when it
'becomes formally constituted probably next year.
The educators were unanimous in agreeing that the Jewish day school provides
the most intensive form of Jewish education and that its growth needs to be
encouraged. However, American delegates were sharply divided on the wording of
the Council's statement which singled out the day school for preferential emphasis.
The statement was approved overwhelmingly.
The statement declares that the new world Jewish education body "will give
its support to every form of Jewish educational practice. It will seek to promote
especially the Jewish day school as a more intensive form of Jewish educational
practice. It will seek to promote especially the Jewish day school as a more intensive
form of Jewish education, and it will encourage establishment of such schools and
other institutions committed to maximal Jewish education, wherever possible."
Some of the American educators, each of whom endorsed the day school as
an essential and intensive form of Jewish education, dissented from the statement for
several reasons. Isaac Toubin, executive director for the American Association for
Jewish Education, argued it was unwise for an international body devoted to the
advancement of Jewish education "to'express a preference for any one form and, in
the process, denigrate the role of other forms."
Another dissent was based on the fact that the movement in the United States
has 260 schools with 60,000 pupils. All but seven are under Orthodox auspices. It
was argued that proliferation of the movement in the United States might tend to
isolate the Jewish child from the values of the public school system.
In a step toward establishing the Council as a permanent body, the 12-member'
presidium appointed Dr. Azriel Eisenberg, former executive vice president of the
Jewish Education Committee of New York, as executive director of the Council.
- The presidium also elected as its chairman, Rabbi Joseph Lookstein of New York,
-and named Aryeh L. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive in Jerusalem,
.as co-chairman of the Council presidium. Dr. Nahum Goldmann continues as president
of the Council.
The presidium, which will continue for another year as a provisional governing
body, also affirmed the composition of the 50 - member Council that was proposed at
its last meeting here two years ago. The United States, with 12 members, will have
the largest representation and the Council administrative headquarters will be in New
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Truman Calls for Better Arab-Jewish
Links in Message to Center Dedication
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Former President Harry S. Truman Monday called for a
halt in the world nuclear arms race and for better relations between Israel and the
neighboring Arab countries.
The former President expressed his sentiments in a .message read for him at
the dedication of the Harry S. Truman Center for the Advancement of Peace at the
Hebrew University. The President, who had planned to come here for the dedication,
changed his mind an advice of his doctors, and sent 'U.S. Solicitor General Thurgood
Marshall to represent him.
The Truman message was brought to Israel by Truman's personal representative,
David Noyes, who read it during the cornerstone-laying ceremony. Attending the cere-
mony were Premier Levi Eshkol, Acting President Kaddish Luz, Marshall and many
other dignitaries. Premier Eshkol praised the former President as "one of Israel's
A unique development at the ceremony was a cable to Truman from President Habib
Bourguiba of Tunisa which was considered here as the most "heartening" of all the
messages sent to the ceremony. The Tunisian leader, who rocked the Arab world last
year - with several public calls for the Arabs to negotiate peace with Israel, said in
message that "ulterior engagements" prevented him from assisting in the Jerusalem
After the ceremony in the Wise Building at the University, the participants walked
to the site where the Truman Center will be built. A scroll stating the nature of the
purpose of the Center — "Peace, understanding and harmony between nations" —
was buried on that spot. The American visitors were luncheon guests of the Premier
and attended a reception that night given by acting President Luz at the presidential
residence. It was reported that $4,000,000 had been raised so far for the multimillion-
Some 50 American Jewish leaders, including several "central founders" attended
the ceremony. Central founders are the 41 American Jewish leaders who contributed
$100,000 each to the center.. Speakers included Marshall and Samuel Rothberg of Peoria.
. Premier Eshkol recalled Truman's part in announcing the United States recogni-
tion of Israel "which kindled a flame in Israel's spirit which is still burning." Immedi-
ately after the ceremony, the Premier sent a cable to Truman in Independence, Mo.,
on behalf of the government and people of Israel. The cable offered "every good wish
for your health and for many happy years," and added, "Through your friendship. you
have become part of our people's inner consciousness and your vision of peace through
Jerusalem is shared by the people."
In his message, the former President also said he would visit Israel next autumn.
University sources indicated a belief he would make the visit next spring if his health
permitted. Truman's physicians barred the visit Monday because they feared the trip
might be too taxing for a man of Truman's age. He is 82,
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