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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-09-27

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visionist Holocaust history often
cited by both Keegstra and Zun-
del.
Does Gray think the trials
were a good idea?
"Frankly," he replied, "a lot of
people in the (Jewish) commu-
nity have concerns about the
trials inadvertently providing a
platform for the poisonous views
of Zundel and Keegstra. At the
same time, the laws on the
books are designed to deal with
these kind of situations.
"Its a difficult decision. I
think on balance that it was the
right thing to do, even though a
side effect was that to some ex-
tent it gave them (Zundel and
Keegstra) a platform for their
views."
"The clauses under which
Zundel and Keegstra were tried
were put in the criminal code
under the previous Liberal gov-
ernment," explained Gray. "The
hate literature clauses arose out
of the special Federal Govern-
ment Special Commission on
Hate Propaganda of 1965-66
which was established by then-
Prime Minister Lester B. Pear-
son. Two of the members of the
commission were Pierre
Trudeau, before he became
minister of justice, and another
future justice minister, Mark
MacGuigan, who later repre-
sented Windsor-Walkerville in
parliament.
"As a patty, we certainly
want to see firm action taken to
stop the spread of hate litera-
ture and the promulgation of
hate against Jews or any other
group.
"In the case of Zundel, it was
a matter of nipping an incipient
sivation in the bud. He did not
represent a widespread move-
ment, although I gather he was
quite active. This (Zundel's
trial) was a case of the commu-
nity acting to deal with a situa-

tion before it became too preva-
lent. A jury found him guilty as
it did with Keegstra — two
juries in very different parts of
the country. I think that says
something about common views.
"I'm not saying we've
achieved perfection in Canada,
but in terms of what is fit con-
duct, there's obviously been a
major change in the last 50
years."
Gray, 54, has lived through
that era of change. Born in
Windsor, his father Harry was a
well-known merchant on Ottawa
Street, where he operated Gray's
Department Store. Herb Gray
still lives five blocks away from
the home where he was born
and raised, and one block away
from the elementary school he
attended.
He is an active member of
Windsor's Shaar Hashomayim
congregation, and is a longtime
member of B'nai B'rith. He
plays an active part in
Windsor's busy Jewish com-
munal life. Married since 1967
to Montreal-born lawyer Sharon
Shol4berg, the Grays have two
children, Jonathan, soon to have
his bar mitzvah, and daughter
Elizabeth Anne, just turned 10
in August. .
Does Gray see any differnces
between Canadian and Ameri-
can Jewry?
"The difference is in Jewish
communal life," he replies. "It is
more structured in Canada in a
way that it was in the States 25
or 30'years ago.
"Actually there are two major
differences," he adds, explaining
that "nationally there is no
equivalent in the U.S. to the
Canadian Jewish Congress. The
closest organization is the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations.
But the Congress goes beyond it.
The CJC functions as a central

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