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May 26, 1967 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-26

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Committee Reports Strides Taken
by U.S. Business to Get Rid of Bias

NEW YORK (JTA)—American
business, when confronted with evi-
dence of anti-Jewish discrimina-
tion in its ranks, is visibly taking
steps to rid itself of such prac-
tices, Morris B. Abram, president
of the American Jewish Commit-
tee, reported at the annual meet-
ing of the organization which
closed here Sunday after four days
of deliberation.
"We seem to be heading into a
new era in this work," Abram said.
"Up to this point the thrust has
been largely to prove to American
business, whether or not it has
been aware of it, that discrimina-
tion has been far too common.
"Now we are in the heartening
position of finding American busi-
ness saying to us. in effect, yes,
we have been wrong, and we want
you to show us how we c a n
Abram, who is a member of the
President's National AdVisory
Council on Economic Opportunity,
explained first that the American
Bankers Association, trade associa-
tion for the nation's 15,000 com-
mercial banks, earlier this month
had renewed a pledge to promote
equal employment and promotion
opportunities within the banking

dent of the American Bankers
Association, he had learned that
the organization was already en-
gaged in a comprehensive pro-
gram to carry out the principles
implied in its pledge.

had expressed marked hostility to

published for Catholic children in
elementary and secondary paro-
chial schools, and a similar effort
is being made to remove distor-
tions and polemical antagonisms in
Protestant texts.
The AJC concluded its meeting
with the re-election of Abram as
president of the organization. Bert-
' ram H. Gold, executive director of
the Jewish Centers Association of
Los Angeles, was chosen as execu-
tive director succeeding Dr. John

Pittsburgh Passes Goal
United Jewish Federation cam-
paign for 1967 concluded here with
a total of $1,903,450 raised, exceed-
ing its goal by more than $3,000.
It was the second successive year
in which Pittsburgh has met its

Jews and Judaism have been re-
vised or eliminated.
2. While progress is less ad-
vanced in Italy, the conference of
8—Friday, May 26, 1967
bishops has established a commis-
Abram also reported that the sion to deal with the revision of Slawson, who is retiring after 24
top managements of New York textbooks. Revision of elementary years as executive head of the
City's mutual savings banks, which and secondary texts is in progress. AJCommittee. Dr. Slawson has be-
were revealed by the AJC's New
3. Intensive studies of French- come executive vice president
York Chapter in October 1965 as
language Catholic textbook s, emeritus.
engaging in slOile facto discrimina- widely used in France, Belgium,
At the concluding session, it was
tion" against Jews, had increased
Switzerland, and Canada, have announced that the AJCornmittee
the number of their Jewish execu-
been virtually completed at Lou- is establishing the first all-inclusive
tive trustees by more than one- vain University, Belgium, under
Jewish Oral History Collection, to
the sponsorship of Leo Cardinal "Chronicle and preserve the rich
In addition to the industry-wide Suenens.
and unique American Jewish ex-
action of the two banking groups,
From New York May 31
4. An investigation of Austrian perience of the last seven dec-
Abram revealed some preliminary
ades." The collection will even-
Via Lisbon and Marseilles
results of a year-long study, spon- books has been started by an inter-
tually include thousands of tapes,
sored by the American Jewish
with accompanying transcriptions,
Committee, on the hiring and up- Catholic scholar at the University
From New York June 30
grading practices of three indi- of Vienna, under the patronage of of interviews, speeches,
Via Lisbon and Cannes .
conversations, poems, and
vidual large manufacturing con-
cerns in the Cleveland-Akron area.
5. Other studies are under way
From Haifa to New York,
Plans to raise a special fund
Philip E. Hoffman, who was in West Germany, Portugal, and
June 16 and July 14 via
elected chairman of the AJC execu- England, and in at least one East to be named in honor of Dr.
Cannes and Lisbon
tive committee at the annual meet- European country: Poland.
ing, reported that a movement is
O. Catholic educational centers
the annual dinner of the organi-
now going on in many parts of the on the European Continent are
See your travel agent or call
zation. The dinner was dedicated
world to remove hostile references distributing revised textbooks to
to Dr. Slawson and the fund will
to Jews from Catholic textbooks. predominantly Catholic countries in
Highlights of Hoffman's report were other parts of the world, notably be used for research, training
the following:
Latin America. Beyond this, Cath- and education.
1. The most striking progress olic authorities in several Latin
President Johnson, in a message
He also pointed out that, in has been made in Spain, where American countries have conducted to the 1,200 guests at the dinner,
Owner's Representative:
conversations with Dr. Charles more than half of all Catholic textbook studies leading to sig- lauded Dr. Slawson as "a man
American Israeli Shipping
Company, Inc., 327 S. La-
E. Walker, executive vice presi- religious textbooks that previously nificant revision.
whose gifts of intellect, insight and
Salle Street, Chicago, 341-0600.
• • •
7. In the United States, a num- vision have so greatly benefited
.1. =Wes, built le 1114t. Reuistered I. beta
ber of new textbooks have been all Americans."

s/s Shalom
to Israel
and Europe

Religious Hate Removed From Texts


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Widespread revision of Spanish and Italian textbooks so that
biased references to Jews and Judaism are eliminated, in keeping

with the decisions of Vatican Council H that called for overcoming
anti-Semitism was reported to the 61st annual meeting of the
American Jewish Committee. Drawings above are from Yo Soy
Espanol (I Am A Spaniard), first-grade history book published in
Madrid in 1961 by the inspector of primary education, with the
bishop's imprimatur. In top drawing, 7-year-old Domingo del Val
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is crucified for not trampling on his crucifix, as he was ordered.
The latest edition of the book has eliminated drawings and accom-
panying offensive text as well as other anti-Jewish references. The
change resulted from studies of the Leonard M. Sperry Center of
the Pro Deo University in Rome, in cooperation with the American
Jewish Committee.

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