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August 19, 1966 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-08-19

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Experiences With Presidents

Fear of Anti-Semitism in Argentina Is Termed 'Subjective' by Leader

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — There
met his successor, Millard Fill- is fear of anti-Semitism in the
more. He was introduced to Fill- Argentine Jewish community but
Anyone who is native born has more by Webster who had read it cannot be attributed to anything
a right to be President of the a book on Hebart's psychology by
United States. There is no bar Rabbi Wise and was evidently concrete, Dr. Isaac Goldenberg,
president of DATA, the Jewish
by reason of race, color or sex. considerably impressed
by it.
The President does not have to President Fillmore on meeting community's central representa-
tive body, said here Monday.
be a college graduate. He can Wise thought he had come look-
even be a school drop out. He ing for a job. Most people wanted
Dr. Goldenberg was asked, in an
does not have to be able even to something. After a meeting with interview in the daily newspaper,
read, although it is preferable the President, Webster introduced Correo de la Tarde, whether the
that he should possess this ability. Rabbi Wise to Judah P. Benjamin, DATA had received from its mem-
The pay of the job is not bad and the Jewish Senator from Louisi- bers any charges of anti-Semitism
.;(
. the other conditions generally ana. At this meeting, Webster since the new government was
pleasant. One might surmise that told Wise that since he was a formed here.
many wouuld take the job. But Unitarian, he regarded himself
a
Replying that no charges of that
there haven't been many Presi- co-religionist of Wise.
kind had been received, he was
dents. There is one little handi-
Simon Wolf of Washington knew asked whether there was fear in
cap, it is true. It is necessary
every President from Lincoln to the Jewish community. Dr.- Gold-
to get 40- to 50,000,000 votes.
Theodore Roosevelt. He was the enberg answered: "Yes, indeed.
Who knows that many ° people? head of a Washington dramatic I perceive it but I cannot attribute
As a result, there have been society when Lincoln came to it- to anything concrete, only to
only 35 Presidents. It is natural Washington and Wolf went down something environmental, subjec-
therefore that people are very in- to the White House to ask Lincoln tive."
terested in those who have held to honor them with his attendance.
The Buenos Aires Herald, only
the job and we prize all anecdotes Lincoln suggested that he him-
about them.
self might play the role of the English-language daily newspaper
in this country ,
Probably Rabbi Gershon Seixas grave digger in Macbeth "for am ' that
" smear campaigns aboutt
knew President Washington. There I not." he asked, "a man of in- . the government
being infiltrated
is a legend that he was one of 13 finite jest, too?"
by anti-Semitic neo-Fascists are
clergymen invited to Washing-
During Grant's presidency. Wolf, sweeping and dubious."
ton's inauguration but the first
account of a rabbi meeting a who was a leader of the Bnai
Patricio Errecalte Pueyrre-
Brith, received a letter from a Jew
President is that by Rabbi Isaac in Jerusalem asking him to see don, the leader of the ultra-right-
M. Wise. He left an account of "the King of America" to solicit wing Tacuara group banned by
his meeting with President Zach- a donation for a dowry for his the regime of former President
ary Taylor after the Mexican war, daughter.
Illia, who was received recently
and the Washington paper also had
by Enrique Martinez, interior
Wolf
thought
it
so
amusing
he
a story about this first meeting
minister in the present regime
showed
the
letter
to
Grant.
of a rabbi with a President.
of President Ongania, said here
"Is he serious?" asked Grant.
Senator Seward who knew Wise ,Wolf explained to the Presi- that his organization was not
from Albany where the latter had
anti-Semitic.
dent how Jews regarded it as
Replying to questions in an inter-
been
rabbi,
took
Rabbi
Wise
to
great
virtue
to
help
a
poor
uirl
the
White House. Getting to see with a dowry and Grant gave him view published in the weekly, Con-
the President apparently was much a check for $25 to send to the firmado, the Tacuara leader de-
simpler in those days. The two Jew in Jerusalem. Later Grant nied that his group was anti-
walked into the White House. received a portrait of himself Semitic and said that "for us all
There was an old Negro standing done in Hebrew letters by "the men are equal before God."
around. Rabbi Wise and Seward Jew in Jerusalem."
He added, however, that "insofar
asked him where the President
Adolph Kraus tells an interest- as the international situation
_ was. The Negro pointed to a room. ing tale about Cleveland. Kraus, makes of Israel a base of imperi-
Seward rapped on the door. They who was publisher of the Chicago alism with Zionism one of its ten-
heard a voice calling "Come in." Times, met Cleveland when the tacles, we are mortally and blood-
They
entered.
President
Taylor
came to. Chicago in 1893 ily anti-Zionist." He claimed in the
was
sitting
near the
fireplace
with President
for the World's Fair. Cleveland interview that Tacuara had some
his back to the door. then said to him: "I am sure I Jews among its membership.
"It's cold this morning," he said. have met you before, Mr. Kraus."
Meanwhile, the New York
Seward introduced Rabbi Wise.
Kraus had a theory that a Presi- Times reported from Buenos Aires,
"I suppose you have never dent should not be contradicted,
an Argentinian bishop has fore-
seen a President before and that so he said. "It's wonderful, Mr.
seen the possibility that Jewish
is why you have come." President, you see hundreds of
"No," replied Wise, "I met your p eople and seem to remember doctors in his country may lose
their hospital positions under the
predecessor, President Polk. I everyone you have met."
new military regime ruling Ar-
came to see the hero of Buena - A couple of years later Kraus gentina.
Vista.
was in Washington and was again
According to the Times. Bishop
"Your friend is very polite," presented to Cleveland. "How is
said President Taylor to Seward. it," asked the President, "'we have
"'I dare say," said Wise, "that never met before?"
American-Jewish Inventor
you, Mr. President, have never
Louis Benedict Marks, an Amer-
Kraus still held to his theory
seen one of my vocation—a rabbi— about not contradicting a Presi- ican-Jewish engineer, was a pio-
before."
dent. "Well, Mr. President," he neer in the field of electric illu-
Old "Rough and Ready" agreed said, "you are a pretty busy man mination. He was the inventor of
that this was his first encounter and so am I. I suppose that ex- the enclosed arc lamp.
with a rabbi.
plains it."
On Taylor's death, Rabbi Wise
Saturday is the most dangerous
Rabbi Stephen Wise once sug-
gested to President Taft that, day to drive, according to a Travel-
since he was a Unitarian, he e rs Insurance Companies report.
should go down and hear John Nearly 22 per cent of all fatal
Haynes Holmes, of whom he traffic accidents occurred on that
thought so highly, preach. One day in 1965.
day, when in New York, President
Taft decided to do this. It was
the Sunday on the eve of the elec-
tion. Taft listened to Holmes on
that occasion deliver a sermon
pleading for the election of Theo-
dore Roosevelt, Taft's opponent
in the race for the presidency.

BY DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

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dea, a suburb of Buenos Aires, was
being eased out of their hospi-
asked whether the new regime was
anti-Semitic in an interview with tals."
a correspondent for Marcha, an
Uruguyan weekly. The bishop,
who has visited Israel several
times and is known to be a friend
of Argentine Jews, replied:
"I wouldn't use that word. But
don't be surprised if you hear, for

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