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AN INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS TERRITORY
VOL 27 NO. 26
PLAIN TALK
BY ALFRED SEGAL
MR ZILCH MAKES IT
Our Mr. Hillel mails to me a
stirring speech he gave before
the board of directors of the
Shamdale Arms Country Club of
which he is a member.
He, as you should by now
know, is the president of the
Hillel Widget Corp. who in mo
ments of being tired of earning
the rich profits of widgets asks
permission to take my place as
author of this column.
This time, though. Mr. Hillel
wasn't taking any time out of
the widget business. Currently
he has in hand an enormous or
der for widgets under the Mar
shall Plan. The idea is to sup
ply all western Europe with wid
gets and Mr. Hillel has the con
tract.
That keeps him busy every
hour and, having no time to write
this column, he sent me a copy
of his speech before the Sham
dale Arms Country Club to make
of it what I pleased.
He explained how he happen
ed to give the speech. It had
to do with the application of a
Mr. Zilch who desired to join the
club. ("I call him Zilch because
that isn't really his name," Mr.
Hillel said).
The board of Shamdale Arms
Country Club was practically un
animous in saying No to Mr.
Zilch. They wanted none of
him in -their club. They said he
just wouldn’t fit. It wasn’t so
long ago ... 30 years or so . . .
that he was an immigrant. He
had an accent.
That was what got Mr. Hillel
going on his speech before the
board, he being the treasurer.
“So you don’t like people like
Mr. Zilch,” he began. “For what
reason don’t you like him? As I
get it, it’s because he came over
on a later ship than your people
managed to catch.
"But for the fact that your
people were earlier in catching
a ship some of you still might
be over there displaced per
sons dreaming of some ship to
take you over. You sit here with
stiff-necked pride passing snob
bish judgment on one more de
serving than you. since he made
his way without any of the ad
vantages you had by the grace
of God and of your ancestors."
Mr. Hillel became aware of
murmured protests all around
the table.
"Oh," he said. "I am not mean
ing you only. Please don't take
this as something personal. Your
fault is not of yourself alone; it
is an attitude in Jewish life. Nor
is it cut attitude of Jewish life
only. It is the way of human
nature for those who have come
up in the world and have at
tained club to look down
upon those who are trying to
come in and to kick them in the
face when their heads show.
“But, gentlemen, this attitude
is far less becoming in Jews than
in other people. We are a peo
ple that has been kicked around
and in us it is less becoming to
be kicking other people around.
We who have suffered so much
(Continued on Page 4)
U.S.N.A. LEADERS IN EUROPE
ON D.P. COMMISSION SURVEY
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Walter H. Bieringer (right) .President of United Service for New Americans,
and Arthur Greenleigh, UJS.N.A. Executive Director, arrived in Gennany this
w—it H part of an official mission under the auspices of the United States
Displaced Persons Commission. Messrs. Greenleigh and Bieringer, and Mi*a
Ann Pcduck, head of the Migration Department of U.S.N.A., are visiting ike
DP processing centers to study the problem of speeding immigration under
the now DP bill. The new legislation permits the entry of an additional 29, n «0
Jewish DPs. A total of 45,000 Jewish refugees will he aided to come t)
United States by U.SJN.A. durinc 1930 and 1951. U.S.NA. is a
agency of die United Jewish Appeal
U. N. Official Sees No Danger
of Renewed Warfare Between
Israel and Arab Countries
LAKE SUCCESS, (JTA) —Re
cent events have not brought any
increase in tension that would
lead to a new eruption in the
Middle East, Major General Wil
liam E. Riley, United Nations
truce chief in Palestine, told a
press conference here this week.
Gen. Riley, wno is now on a
visit to U.N. headquarters de
clared that he saw no danger at
all of increased tension between
Israel and the Arab states as a
consequence of Arab refusal to
join in the Korean war because
of the rankling over U.N. hand
ling of. the Palestine situation.
“Both sides are looking for away
to a peace settlement,” he said.
“The mixed armistice commis
sion are operating in a friendly
atmosphere and solving many ci
vilian problems.”
He added that the most serious
recent fracas had been amicably
settled. This happened when a
small Israeli force crossed the
Gaza-Rafah demarcation line
and an exchange of shots with
Egyptian forces took place. Gen.
Riley said the Israelis had mis
takenly crossed the line, with
drew when they discovered the
error and later apologized to the
Egyptian Government. As a re
sult, the truce commander relat
ed, a joint patrol group is dig
ging a furrow in *the sand to
mark the lines.
Rumania Releases Orthodox
Delegate From Israel
TEL AVIV, (JTA) Alfred
Kifsh, Israeli delegate of the
Agudas Israel labor organization,
who was arrested in Bucharest
last year returned to Israel this
week. He was suddenly released
in Rumania and permitted to
leave the country.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1950
U.S.N.A. Leaders Leave For
Europe to Speed Jewish
DP Immigration to
United States
NEW YORK, (JTA) Walter
H. Bieringer, president of the
United Service for New Ameri
cans, national refugee settlement
organization, and Arthur Green
leigh, executive director, will fly
to Europe this week, it was an
nounced here. They will study
conditions in processing centers
for displaced persons and means
of expediting Jewish immigra
tion to the United States under
the new Displaced Persons Bill.
Association of Jewish Chaplains
Pledges Support to Truman's
Efforts on Korean Conflict
NEW YORK. (JTA) —The Association of Jewish Chaplains of
the U. S. Armed Forces this week made public a resolution giving
full support to the "efforts of the President of the United States
in his appeal to the Soviet Union to cooperate in the effort to end
hostilities in Korea." The resolution commends the President's
determination "to solve the present crisis by working with and
through machinery of the United Nations."
The resolution calls upon
Americans of all faiths “to pray
and to work for the triumph of
peace, freedom and democracy in
all lands.” It emphasizes that
“in this atomic era, as in all past
and future ages, war is not in
evitable and peace is man’s prop
er hope and goal.”
The Association declined to
support, for the time being, a
proposal to have the Jewish chap
lains’ flag become the official re
ligious flag of the American syn
agogue to replace the Zionist
flag. It was emphasized that
members of the Association felt
that,. in time, this suggestion
might be adopted but that the
German Jewish Groups Neel in
Frankfurt; Advance Demands to
West German Government
FRANKFURT, (JTA)—A demand that the West German Gov
ernment produce an official record of the facts of the extermina
tion and persecution of European Jews during the Nazi regime
was voiced at the first conference sponsored by the World Jewish
Congress in Germany, which concluded here this week.
ISRAEL IN AGREEMENT
WITH AMERICAN
OIL COMPANIES
TEL AVIV, (JTA) —An offi
cial announcement this week re
vealed that arrangements have
been concluded in the United
States with American oil com
panies to supply Israel with
crude oil necessary for the re
sumption of refining operations
at the Haifa refineries.
The arrangements were con
cluded by David Horowitz, direc
tor-general of the Israel Ministry
of Finance, who is now visiting
the United States, the announce
ment said. They provide that the
American companies are to sup
ply their quota of crude oil to the
Haifa refineries on the same con
ditions as in an agreement reach
ed recently by Israel with British
oil companies.
The World Commerce Corpora
tion of New York has agreed to
extend $5,000,000 worth of credit
to the Israel Government, it was
announced here.
Imports anto Israel amounted to
about $21,000,000 during April of
this year and exports totalled
$3,000,000, it was revealed this
week. For the first four months
of this year the imports total
about $87,000,000 and the exports
amounted to less than $20,000,000.
The Israel diamond industry has
received an allocation of about
$500,000 for the purchase of crude
diamonds in July.
time is not yet ripe for it.
The Association issued a call
to the American rabbinate “to
urge and inspire the entire Amer
ican Jewish community to dedi
cate itself to the strengthening
of Israel” through: 1. A greater
intensification of the religious
spirit, both in America and in
Israel; 2. A more intimate reci
procal cultural affiliation; 3. A
fuller exchange of scientific
knowledge and a closer economic
association, including the support
of the United Jewish Appeal; 4
Constant American political a
lertness for the protection of Is
rael.
The conference called for leg
islation making incitement to ra
cial hatred a punishable crime.
It also urged revision of all text
books with anti-Semitic mater
ial and the dismissal of teachers
who foster anti-Semitism in Ger
man schools.
Other demands advanced by
the parley included the speeding
up of restitution of property and
stronger legislation for indemni
fication for loss of life, health and
freedom. Assets confiscated from
Nazi war criminals should be
used for this purpose, the dele
gates urged. The Bonn Govern
ment was also urged to help
transfer heirless and unclaimed
Jewish property through author
ized Jewish organizations.
The conference was attended
by delegates of displaced Jews
and Jews living in the German
communities of the three West
ern zones and the Western sector
of Berlin, to “consider the urgent
questions of the welfare of the
Jews of Germany, now and in the
future, and to ascertain their
views on general Jewish ques
tions relating to Germany.”
The conference decided to es
tablish a coordinating committee
to work out proposals for com
mon consultations on action by
Jewish organizations in the three
zones of Western Germany and
Berlin. The committee will be
composed of three members each
from the British and American
zones, two each from the French
zone and the Saar, and one mem
ber from the western sector of
Berlin.
High Court Orders New Trial
For Deputy Who Defended
Murderer of Jews
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HAMBURG, (JTA)—The Sch
leswig-Holstein Superior Court
this week reversed the decision
of a lower court and ordered a
new trial for Wolfgang Hedler,
German rightist deputy, who was
acquitted in February of charges
of incitement to racial hatred.
Hedler’s prosecution was based
on a public speech he made dur
ing which he declared: “Opinion
may be divided over whether it
was right to poison Jews with gas
(during the Nazi regime). There
may have been other means of
getting rid of the Jews.” The ac
quittal aroused a storm of protest
throughout Germany and other
countries and he was physically
thrown out of the Bonn Parlia
ment by other deputies when he
attempted to take his seat.
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