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March 07, 1980 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

NYU Professor Charges Britannica
Editors Serving as Soviet Propagandists

NEW YORK — Sidney
Hook, New York University
professor emeritus of phi-
losophy, recently charged
the editors of the 15th edi-
tion of the Encyclopedia
Britannica with deliberate
fraud in behalf of a foreign
government, the Soviet
Union.
Prof. Hook made the ac-
cusation in his article, "The
Soviet Britannica, An Intel-
lectual Obscenity," in the
ebruary 1980 issue of
Midstream" magazine con-
cerning the Britannica's ar-
ticles on Soviet Russian af-
fairs which he said made the
encyclopedia "a vehicle of
the most blatant Com-
munist propaganda."
"Those who have pur-
chased the Encyclopedia
Britannica in expectation of
finding an objective account
of the themes discussed, or
at the very least a balanced
presentation of controver-

sial aspects of these themes
have every justification for
charging that they have
been victimized if not by in-
tellectual fraud, since the
propaganda is not con-
cealed, then by misrep-
resentation."
Prof. Hook accused the
encyclopedia's editors of
giving the imprimatur of
Britannica's reputation
for impeccable expert
scholarship to official
Soviet propaganda.
In substantiation of Prof.
Hook's charges the
"Midstream" February
issue includes two articles
by recognized students of
the Soviet Union. Lev Nav-
rozov, a Russian emigrant
and the founder of the Cen-
ter for the Survival of West-
ern Democracies, and Eric
Waldman, professor of
Political Science at the
University of Calgary,
Canada.

In his analysis of the
encyclopedia's Soviet arti-
cles, "The Style of Soviet
Propaganda," Navrozov's
verdict is that "the Britan-
nica Soviet propaganda is
often so hard, orthodox and
primitive that it seems to
have been taken from the
Stalinist stock of cliches of
the 40s rather than that of
the 70s."
Prof. Waldman's article,
"The Soviet 'Britannica's'
View of East Germany,"
examines the profile of the
German Democratic Repub-
lic in Volume 8 of the
encyclopedia and concludes:
"This profile is marked by
the falsification of facts and
by significant omissions."

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Jews Decline in Soviet Union

NEW YORK (ZINS) —
Results of the Soviet census
in January 1979, showed
that Jews who totaled
nearly 2.3 million in 1959
and 2.1 million in 1970, de-
clined to 1.8 million in 1979.
Much of the decline was
probably as a result of the
emigration that began in
the early 1970s.
About 700,000 Jews lived
in Russian Republic in 1979
and 634,000 in the Ukraine,
according to the census fig-
ures.
Ethnic Russians made up
52.4 percent of the total of
262.4 million people
counted in the census, Rus-
sians made up 54.6 percent
of the population in 1955,

and 53.4 percent in 1970.
The population grew fastest
in Moslem republics — Uz-
bekistan, Kazakhstan,
Azerbaijan, Tadzhikistan,
Turkmenistan and Kir-
ghizia.

While the population
grew in the three Slavic
groups (Russia, Ukraine
and Byelorussia) by six
percent during the 1970s,
it rose by 30 percent in
Uzbekistan, 31 percent in
Tadzhikistan, 28 percent
in Turkmenistan and
somewhat less in the
other Moslem republics.
There are more than 100
nationalities in the Soviet
Union.

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Iran Jews Express loyalty'

TEHERAN (ZINS) — A
group of Jews calling them-
selves the Union of Jewish
Intellectuals of Iran have
issued a periodical that is
anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and
anti-American.
The organization has
been trying to refute
charges that the Iran
Jewish community is dis-

Bill Opposing
Social Club Bias
Seeks Koch Aid

NEW YORK — The
American Jewish Commit-
tee has urged New York
Mayor Ed Koch to support
legislation that would out-
law discrimination in social
clubs that are used for busi-
ess purposes. It also coin-
!pu aended those members of
- the New York City Council
who have supported the
measure.
The proposed bill, an
amendment to New York
City's Human Rights Law,
would make it illegal for so-
cial clubs to exclude people
from membership on the
basis of religion, race or
gender, if such clubs derived
at least 20 percent of their
income from charges paid to
them "for the furtherance of
members' trade or busi-
ness."

loyal to the new Islamic re-
public.
A delegation from the
group recently visited the
"Palestinian Embassy"
in Teheran, which for-
merly housed the Israeli
consulate, to express
sympathy and solidarity
with "the legitimate
rights of the Palestinian
people."
A representative of the
organization is the only Jew
who is a candidate in the
new parliamentary elec-
tions.

Nobel Pique

CAIRO (ZINS) — Jehan
Sadat, wife of Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat,
told an Israeli reporter that
her husband did not go to
Oslo to accept the 1978
Nobel Prize because he felt
the prize should have been
awarded to him alone.
Sadat shared the prize
with Israeli Prime Minister
Menahem Begin.

Dialogue Begins

LOUISVILLE (JTA) —
The Jewish Community Re-
lations Council is sponsor-
ing a black-Jewish monthly
dialogue with the participa-
tion of 25 Jews and 25
blacks at each session.

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