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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. 29 No. 10 PLAIN TALK ' By Alfred Segal CANTOR AND WITHERINGTON Our Mr. Hillel. (Hillel Widget Corp.), feeling the need for a bit of self-expression, which he doesn't find in widgets, called on me to tell me about a gentleman named Witherington. What got him to musing on Mr. Witherington’s case was a matter that had to do with the name and fame of Eddie Cantor. "I liked the way Eddie Cantor asserted his Jewishness from coast to coast recently," Mr. Hillel began. "I mean the occasion when he was the central figure at a big party for the sake of Israel bonds., “It didn’l matter at all to Mr. Cantor that his radio audience might discover that he is Jewish and what that might mean to his national popularity. And what if some bum thus came to know that Eddie Cantor is a Jew. Eddie Cantor could well know that his character raised him far above the malice of bums. "Eddie Cantor was being Jew ish not only in his character but also in his public identity. And that brings me to Mr. Withering ton" “Who’s Witherington?” I asked. “Never heard of him.” "Let's be charitable by conceal ing him under the name of With erington. If you went back far enough in his life you would dis cover he was born Weinstein. Weinberg or Weinstock. or some thing like that. I knew his old father. God rest his good soul. “Early in his life young Wither ington discovered the material disadvantage of being Weinstock, Weinstein, Weinberg, or what have you. Not that he shouldn’t have known the spiritual values in being Jewish. This was the unfailing teaching of his father.. "When he was 16 he said, 'Pa. why do we have to carry a name so Jewish. Let's make it some thing else.' “His father replied, ‘What’s a name? The main thing was to have a good character, as the Jewish teaching said. That’s all there’s to it.’ "The boy never did get his father's lesson. In college he.was a frustrated student. The boys who didn't have such names to bear as Weinstock, Weinberg or Weinstein were in the best fra ternities. He was an outsider in the world. “His father told me of a sonor ous lecture he gave the boy on this. The old man proudly had saved his every word for that * speech: ‘And jyhat if, on account of your name, you don’t get into the best fraternity? You already belong to a bigger and fnuch bet ter fraternity. It is the fraternity of the people who came from Sinai and heard the voice of God and brought the Ten Command ments along with them from there. You are a member of the greatest fraternity just to be a right-acting, right-thinking Jew.’ “ 'But where will that get me?' the boy snapped. He was that (CeeHaued on Pege Eight) i • Merger of Junior Mizrachi Women and Noar Mizrachi Creates Mizrachi Youth, New National Organization Dinah C. Leviton and Simeon Kobrinets, national presidents of Junior Miz rachi Women and Noar Mizrachi, respectively, accept charter of new religious- Zionist youth organization to be known as Mizrachi Youth, (Mizrachi Hatzair) from Dr. Pinkhos Churgin, national president of Mizrachi Organization of America. Mrs. Joshua L. Lewis (left), national president of Mizrachi Women’s Organization, looks on. Merger brings together 15,000 members of junior Mizrachi organizations nationally. As the largest religious-Zionist youth movement in the U. S n Mizrachi Youth will seek the twin goals of maximum aid to Israel and strengthening of traditional Judaism in Ameriea. Stale Z. 0. A Meet Set For Orlando, April 20th A gala and enlightening program is being planned by Orlando Zionists for the Florida Zionist Conference to be held there on Sun day, April 20, according to an announcement by Samuel Thier, President of the Jacksonville Zionist District. Initial response indicates large delegations from every District in Florida. Conference Chairman, H. G. Miller of Orlando will preside at the morning session, and vet eran Zionist, Harry Ellis of Pen sacola, will chair the afternoon proceedings. Important issues to be discuss ed will include Israel Projects, Programming and Education, and Membership. Among the speakers to address the delegates will be: Seymour Liebman, and Fred Jones, Executives of Miami; Mr. Jack Becker of Jacksonville who will speak on Youth, and other RANKIN BARKS AGAIN BY NATHAN ZIPRIN Notorious John Rankin, who has transformed Congress into a rostrum for spewing hate against Jews and Negroes, was again last week in one of his frequent barking moods. , Rankin does not need any special occasion on which to peg his anti-Jewish outbursts. When he has nothing else to say—and his record is as de void of content as he himself is devoid of decency —he dungs the Congressional Record with sickly fabrications, deception, unscrupulous malingering and indecent falsehoods against Jews. This time it was the “humanitarian” in him which was moved to the Hitlerian eruption. His tender heart could no longer bear the crime of the Katyn massacre of Polish officers and how else could he ease his pain and assuage his agony than by vilifying Jews? Rankin is quite adept in Hitler’s big lie thesis. He keeps on proclaiming the lie about “Yiddish” domination of Russia and the satellite countries in defiance of the universally known fact that there is only one Jew in the Soviet Politbureau. If Rankin’s logic were followed to its inexorable con clusion it would only lead to the comic deduction that the Congress of the United States is domi nated by anti-Semites. The rantings of this political freak are neither JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, MARCH .28, 1952 Regional leaders. The Conference will close with a dinner the same evening, at which Mr. Abraham A. Redel heim, honored guest, and Vice President of the Zionist Organi zation of America will deliver an address to the assembled dele gates. Arthur Pariser, President of the Orlando Zionist District will be host to the Conference, and has organized the talent which will perform on Sunday at the Hotel Angebilt. new nor unexpected. Even the earnest “amen” that was bestowed upon him by Congressman Madden of Indiana does not surprise us. However, there is one statement Rankin made which deserves thorough investigation by Jewish organizations and Congress itself. He said —and * this too may perhaps be a, figment of his imagina tion—that the president of a great military acad emy who had recently returned from Poland had made a statement “to the effect that the people of Poland were reduced to slavery of the most bestial kind, and that a little gang of Yids at the top were in complete control.” In the first place, it is rather strange that the head of a military academy should have been admitted to the behind-the-curtain sanctum of a Soviet satellite. Secondly, if the gentleman in question really said the things im puted to him by Rankin he is unfit for the public office he is holding. With all the crackpot investigations going on in Washington today to the annoyance and ex pense of the taxpayers, it might not be a bad idea If Congress were to set off an investigation to determine whose interests Rankin is serving with his vicious anti-Semitic attacks on the flpor of the House. He certanly is not serving the interests of the United States, of decency and of the faith he professes to cherish. Hate Leaders Meet In Columbus, Ga. By Arthur J. Levin. Director Atlanta Regional Office Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Leaders of anti-minority organizations from throughout the country gathered in Columbus. Ga„ during the week-end of March 14th, 15th and 16th to plan an all-out coordinated attack against the United Nations and minority groups. The “Save America” meeting was held in “Parson Jack” E. G. Johnston’s Baptist Tabernacle. Reverend. Johnston is editor and publisher of the (jeorgia Tribune which has featured pro-Klan, anti- Semitic, anti-Catholic and anti-Negro editorials and articles. One of the featured speakers was Thomas Hamilton, Leesville. S. C., Imperial Wizard of the Carolina Klans, who described the United Nations as a "most damnable organization" and lash ed out at the Anti-Defamation League and newspapers. He was echoed by Bill Hendrix of Talla hassee, Fla., Klan Dragon who recently said that he would "send Prof. Moskowitz Wins Carnegie Teaching Award PITTSBURGH, (JTA) Prof. David Moskowitz, supervisor of basic courses in mathematics at Carnegie Institute of Technology, was one of four members of the faculty last week to receive the first Carnegie Teaching Awards. The awards equal half the an nual salaries of the recipients plus travelling expenses and, accord ing to President J. C. Warner, were given to the four teachers “who were most outstanding both in the quality of their under graduate teaching as measured by Carnegie’s educational objectives and in their influence upon the teaching of others.” enough bulldozers in the state road department ... to wipe out (the Miami Beach) sea walls and take away all the beaches from the Jews and give them back to the gentiles who paid the taxes to build them." Joseph Beauharnais, head of the White Circle League of Chi cago, and one of the leaders in the recent Cicero riots, revealed a plan to keep the American Legion from supporting the principles of democracy. He defined democracy as “rule by brute strength” and stated that “the only nations which practice democracy accord ing to its true definition are Russia and its satellites.” Mr. Beauharnais also stated that “nothing is more cowardly that walks or crawls than a Negro.” Mrs. Jesse Jenkins of Colum bus, President of the anti-semitic National Patrick Henry Society, claimed that she had been made chairman of the Georgia "Draft MacArthur" Committee. A John Murray from New York, who identified himself as a worker for the MacArthur organization" appeared briefly at the meeting. As he hurriedly departed from the city, he told a reporter, "I don't want to get mixed up with what I found around here." Georgia Commissioner of Agri culture, Tom Linder, was highly praised for expressing his anti- UN views in the official Georgia Farmer’s Market Bulletin by Frank Ohlquist, Secretary of the Constitutional Alliance organiza tion of Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Ohlquist has in the past been ac tive in Gerald L. K. Smith’s Christian Nationalist Crusade. The Rev. Dr. Charles Murdoch of Los Angeles, President of the Constitutional Alliance also ad dressed the meeting. Others who spoke included Peter L. Xavier of Dayton, Ohio, author of "Rise America!" in which he described Hitler as "a magnetic orator, a capable organ izer, a man of deep spiritual con viction." G. Seal* Aiken, Atlanta attorney who secured the charter for the Columbians; Mrs. Ed C. Alumbough and D. L. Churchwell of Macon, representing the Tem ple Cleansing Crusaders, and Miss Jane Wacher of the United Farmers of America. The meeting was largely ig nored by the citizens of Colum bus. However, the various organ izational leaders present had ample opportunity during the three-day sessions to coordinate their efforts and their plans. In the opinion of experienced ob servers intensification of anti- United Nations and anti-minority propaganda on a national and re gional level will be the result of this conclave. $3.00 A YEAR '