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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-02-07

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2,000 Professors Iss ue Appeal to USSR to End Prejudice

NEW YORK—Two thousand pro-
fessors from 115 American univer-
sities and colleges — among them
Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize
winners — appealed to the Soviet
government to undertake a mas-
sive educational campaign against
anti-Semitism in the USSR and to
secure the cultural, religious and
communal rights to which Soviet
Jews are entitled.
In a full page advertisement in
the New York Times, headed "We
appeal for the Jews of Silence,"
the Academic Committee on Soviet
Jewry set forth an eight-point pro-
gram by which, it said, the Soviet
government might "demonstrate
its wholehearted adherence to the
humanitarian ideals incorporated
in the Soviet constitution."
Heading the list is "a systematic
educational campaign to combat
anti-Semitism," including an attack
an the "anti-Zionist, i.e., anti-Jew-
ish propaganda" that has persisted
Since the Six-Day War in June
1967.
The signatories — among them
men of science and letters, and
some of the most prestigious names
in American higher education—in-
dude Nobel laureates Arthur Korn-
berg of Stanford University and
George Wald of Harvard, as well
as Dr. Albert Sabin, director of the
Children's Hospital Research Foun-
dation; and Pulitzer Prize winners
Richard Ellmann of Northwestern
University, Oscar Handlin of Har-
vard and Richard Hofstadter of
Columbia.
A number of members of the
faculties of universities in Michi-
gan are among those who appended
their names to this appeal.
Professors Wald, Sabin, Ellmann,
Harlin and Hofstadter are also
sponsors of the Academic Commit-
tee, which is chaired by Dr. Nath-
an Glazer, professor of sociology
at Harvard University.
In addition to a counterattack on
Soviet anti-Semitism, the Academic
Committee calls upon the Soviet
government:

• to enable Soviet Jews who so
desire to lead culturally fulfilled
lives as Jewish Soviet citizens by
restoring to them the necessary
educational and publication facili-
ties in Yiddish and Hebrew, as well
as Russian;
• to support newspapers and
periodicals of Jewish interest in
Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian;
• to sponsor professional reper-
tory theaters in Moscow and the
other great centers of traditional
Jewish culture and population;
• to facilitate the formation of
clubs and centers where Jewish
youth and students may come to-
gether for cultural, educational
and social purposes;
• to provide channels compar-
able to those assured other Soviet
nationalities through which Soviet
Jews may maintain close cultural,
intellectual and communal ties with
Jewish communities in other coun-
tries;
• to secure for the large Soviet
Jewish religious community the
same kinds of institutions and pre-
rogatives accorded all other reli-
gions—for contact and communica-
tion among congregations at home
and with religious bodies abroad,
for the education of rabbis and
other religious functionaries, for
the production and distribution of
religious publications and mater-
ials;
• to open the door to the emigra-
tion of those many thousands of
Soviet Jews who wish to be re-
united with families living in the
United States, Israel and else-
where.
Sponsors of the committee also
include Saul Bellow, University of
Chicago; Arthur F. Burns, on leave
from Columbia and now a member
of the Nixon Administration with
Cabinet rank; Lewish S. Feuer, To-
ronto; Abraham Heschel, Jewish
Theological Seminary; Irving

Howe, Hunter College; Abraham
Kaplan, Michigan; Alfred Kazin,
Stony Brook; Max Lerner, Bran-
deis; Seymour M. Lipset, Harvard;
Lionel Trilling, Columbia; and Mel-
vin Tumin, Princeton; among
others. A spokesman of the com-
mittee said the month of January
was particularly appropriate for
the appeal to the Soviet govern-
ment.
It was in January 1948, he said,
that Stalin's secret police murdered
Shlomo Mikhoels, chairman of the
Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and
a leading figure in Soviet Jewry,
and signalled an anti-Semitic cam-
paign lasting for five years, during
which leading Jewish cultural,
literary and communal personali-
ties were imprisoned, shot or other-
wise disposed of.
And in January 1953, he recalled,
Stalin made his infamous revela-
tion of a "doctor's plot," which
Soviet Jews understood as a signal
for a "great show trial" and dras-
tic actions against Jews. Stalin's
death in March 1953 staved off such
a campaign.
Other signatories to the Times ad
include critic Leslie Fiedler, State
University of New York at Buffalo;
sociologist Amitai Etzioni, Colum-
bia; Robert McAfee Brown, Stan-
ford; Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum,
president of the Jewish Theological
Seminary, and Dr. Victor Rosen-
blum, president of Reed College in
Oregon.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, February 7, 1969-13

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Col. Robert S. Allen, a na-
tionally syndicated writer who
specializes on military matters,
wrote Monday that the Iraqi
forces were "equipped with Rus-
sian guns, radar and other
advanced devices." He said,
"Soviet army instructors and
technicians" trained the Iraqis
now in Jordan menacing Israel.
According to Col. Allen, the
United States may have been in-

directly "footing the bill" for the
Iraqi forces in Jordan since June
1967. He cited various categories
of aid and support given to Jor-
dan and new allocations.
Col. Allen learned from author-
itative sources — apparently mili-

tary quarters — that some of the
U.S. funds given to Jordan had
been diverted by King Hussein to

defray the expenses of Iraqi forces

in Jordan.
State Department officials de-

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NEW YORK (JTA)—City Col-
lege's Institute of Yiddish Leid-
cology, which is publishing a 10-
volume dictionary of the Yiddish
language, has been given a 515,-
000 grant by the Charles E. Mer-
rill Trust, it was announced Mon-
day by Dr. Buell G. Gallagher, col-
lege president.
The institute was established in
1965 for the purpose of compiling
the dictionary which would con-
tain "all the wealth created in
Yiddish during the past 1,000
years-," Dr. Gallagher said. It is
directed by Prof. Nathan Susskind
of the Germanic and Slavic lan-
guages department.
Work on the dictionary was orig-
inally begun in Eastern Europe
before World War H, but mate-
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Sen. Hartke Demands
Report on U.S. Aid to
Jordan; Iraqis Benefit?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. gov-
ernment may be indirectly financ-
ing Iraqi military units based in
Jordan, including artillery units
that have fired on Israeli kibutzim,
according to Sen. Vance Hartke,
Indiana Democrat.
Sen. Hartke, a member of the
Commerce Committee, which han-
dles revenue legislation, asked
Secretary of State William P.
Rogers for a full report on con-
tinued American financial assist-
ance to Jordan, and on the pos-
sibility that the funds were divert-
ed to cover logistical costs of Iraqi
units stationed on its territory.
The Senator suggested that Jor-
dan compensates Iraq for rations,
lodging and even munitions and
pays for such Iraqi military com-
ponents as the Saladdin Brigade,
now in northern Jordan.

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