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r & E OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS^TERrTtOPvY VOL 32 - No. 1 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL OF INTERMARRIAGE I have just been reading in one of the Jewish press about a parent group in one of our Jewish com mu dies coming out with a pur- P<- i to discourags their teen-age school kids from mixing socially with their non-Jewish school mates. That is to say, mixing at parties. (I forget the name of the city in which Jewish parents have made this protest; the paper in which the matter is reported has disappeared off my desk? This may suggest that I am not the meticulous reporter I have pre tended to be all my adult life. A good reporter should always have the name and address of his sub ject at finger-tips.) Anyway, the fact that Jewish parents are thinking that seriously and collectively about their kids in such a matter, suggests the worry concerning ini 3r marriage at goes on among us. The fear , that if our teen-agers mix free ly with non-Jewish teen-agers, there may be intermarriage and intermarriage has become one of the vexing Jewish problems. I myself am old enough to re member when intermarriage was scarce in American Jewish life. When it occurred, it was like some prodigy of nature, such as the sun suddenly stopping in its timeless course, or, anyway, like papa eloping with a wicked woman. A rare intermarriage was something to make gossip for a long time in any town. I am thinking of Jewish life in our own town long ago. Than the German Jews, as they were call ed, were the social and business leaders. They had two stately Re form temples and the Orthodox used to think of them as being practically - goyim whose Reform Judaism could come to no good. They felt sad for the Reformers. Nevertheless, intermarriage was very seldom among our Reform Jews in’those times, except for a flurry of intense shock when the daughter of one of the rabbis off and married a non-Jew. The Or thodox, as I have heard, said then jthat was what you could expect to come out of Reform. They thanked God that their own chil dren were so well protected be hind the ordinances of Sinai.' They felt sure the Reform Jews would be intermarrying until they were all assimilate and only Orthodo v Jews would survive. But that didn’t happen. Reform boys and girls kept on marrying within the Reform circle to continue their generations in Reform temples. But, oh, what changes! Today, Intermarriage, of which there has been plenty, has been occurring mostly in families of Orthodox origin. Some of our most Ortho dox families have had to take it, though ths most 6f them have rationalised to make the best they could of it, . There was one very Orthodox gentleman who sat shiva, as if for the dead, when his daughter mar ried a non-Jew; though, later, (Continued on x Page 8) Lehman Says Government "Mishandled 1 ' Immigration Program WASHINGTON, (J.TA) Sen. Herbert H. Lehman attacked last week-end the Administration’s “mishandling” of the emergency refugee immigration program and called President Eisenhower’s Emergency Refugee Immigration Act a “tragic disappointment.” The Senator added that “the bot tlenecks and booby traps written into the law and the incredible red tape established by the Ad ministration have combined to frustrate the basic purpose of the Act,” which was the admission of 214,000 refugees. Earlier, Scott McLeod, State Department security officer and administrator of the Refugee Re lief Act of 1953, criticized the provisions of the emergency act, beaming them for the fact that so few refugees had arrived here under the terms of the act. He suggested some liberalization of the features of the act, but ex pressed doubt that even this would make' it possible for 200,090 to arrive in this country before the law expired. Mr. McLeod reported that up to last December 31, 17,050 visas were granted to refugees qualified under the act but that only 13,056 of these refugees had arrived in this country. Is There Anii-Semilism in U. S. Loyally Decisions? I BY MILTON FRIEDMAN (Copyright, 1955, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.) ***** —WASHINGTON Is Anti-Semitism a factor in government loyalty decisions basecj on anonymous accusations and the arbitrary judgment of individual security officers? With this question in mind, Jewish organiza tions are attempting to evaluate the portents of the Wolf Ladejinsky, Abraham Chasanow, and Fort Monmouth cases. Consideration is now being given to instances in which Jews, particularly those born in Europe, are being turned down for some strate gic jobs without being told why. Jewish organizations are aware that govern ment workers like Ladejinsky, Chasanow, and the Fort Monmouth Jewish employees have a chance to fight to clear their names. But they also know that rejected applicants for government employment or turned-down foreign applicants for U. S. visas may never learn what hit them. In such cases no expla nation is given, nor is one required under the pres ent loyalty structure. Individuals in the government are considered guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. This reverses the Western tradition which upholds a man’s innocence until the government proves him guilty. The American Legion magazine, which helped bring about the loyalty program, has voiced con cern that the monster is getting out of hand. The magazine blasted the government’s “security fir ings” in which veterans were dismissed because of “malicious and untrue charges.” The magazine cited three cases in which Federal agencies refused to reinstate veterans even though the charges were proved groundless. It quoted a government spokes man as saying: “We’re not interested in the truth of the charges but only in the fact that the charges have been made.” It is now clear to Jewish groups that anti- Semites may wield unprecedented secret power by 1 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1955 v* ifpL * MB Senator Lehman Rothschild is Dead NEW YORK, (JTA) Baron Louis de Rothschild, member of the Vienna branch of the famed banking house, died at Montego Bay, Jamaica, B. W. I. last week at the age of 72. A resident of South Royalton, Vermont, Baron Rothschild was in Jamaica on a vacation. When the Nazis took over Aus (Continusd on Page 8) falsely accusing Jews. How many of the more than 8,000 persons fired by the Eisenhower Administra tion have been Jews? A reporter in Washington may talk to an individual here or there who openly complains. But most people keep quiet when fired owing to fear that they will be unable to find other employment if word spreads that they were drop ped as a “Red.” It is known that attorneys have advised some clients to say nothing about the fact that they were fired for security reasons despite the client’s con tention that such charges were unjustified. The point made by such attorneys, and they are many, is that it is courageous to., become a cause celebre but unwise if one is looking for a new job. The security definitions are now so vague that the government can dismiss employees without actually accusing them of subversion. It is enough to claim that the employee has friends or relatives who are or were “leftwingers.” Frivate defense industry has adopted govern ment security standards. A case is recorded by Rep. Sidney R. Yates, Illinois Democrat, who learn ed that a young Jewish engineer was suspended as a security risk because he once helped in the movement of Jewish refugees from Europe to Pal estine. Rep. Yates succeeded in getting an Army screening board to grant a hearing. After much agony, the victim was cleared. Rep Yates made public a letter of thanks from the young engineer. “While the decision is a great relief to me personally,” he wrote, “I am not re lieved of my very ardent conviction that the en tire security procedure needs correction and im provement.” “There is no doubt that he is right,” Rep. Yates said. “It goes without saying that none of us holds any brief for a government employee who is dis loyal; but as Americans who believe in fair play and justice, we certainly don’t want loyal govern ment employees accused ...” (Continued on Page 8) Syrian Troops Mass On Israel Border TEL AVIV, (JTA) Major reinforcements of Syrian troops are being pour 3d into the Syrian positions along the Jordan River oppo site Israel, it was reported here. The Syrian troop concentrations were seen as a reply to Israel charges that five Israel soldiers captured and held by the Syrians since early last December had not been treated in ‘accordance with the terms of the Geneva Convention on treatment of prisoners of war, and to the Israel demand for an in vestigation of the charges. The reports said that civilians on the Syrian side of the demili tarized area had been evacuated. Syrian sentries were reported to be stopping even United Nations cars in the area and checking the personnel in them. The Israel charges W3re filed last week-end with the Israel- Syrian Mixed Armistice Commis sion, which was asked to under take an immediate investigation into the condition of the prisoners and to hold an emergency meet ing after the inquiry. It was noted that keeping these men in a prison was a violation of the convention, as was keeping them in solitary > confinement. It is believed here that Pvt. Uri Ilan, one of ilie five, who committed suicide in a Da mascus prison last week, did so because he was kept in solitary confinement. • Radio Damascus, in an apparent attempt to counteract the effect of the Israel charges, broadcast re cordings of short interviews with the four Israel soldiers remaining alive in Syrian hands. During the interviews, carried on in Hebrew, each of the prisoners said he was well and asked for such things as books and clothing. Meanwhile, Pvt. Ilan was buried with full military honors at his home kibbutz, Gan ShmueL near Hadara, in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Army's Chief Chaplain and numerous delegations from settle ments. The dead soldier is sur vived by a brother and sister, as well as by his father and mother. His mother, Feiga Ilanit, is a p-o-'in-pt member of the Mapam party and was a representative in the first Israel Parliament. Jang. Mosne Dayan, the Chief of Staff, in eulogizing Pvt. Ilan, said that the army cannot assure the lif3 of its soldiers, but with sol diers the life of the state and army was assured. Shortly after the body of the young soldier was re turned to Israel a post mortem examination was performed at the Tel Hashomer hospital. Warrant Issued for New Orleans Racketeer A warrant has been issued or the arrest of Joseph Mileger who has been clipping out ads from The Southern Jewish Weekly and obtained money under the false pretenses that he was representing this news paper. Many of our advertisers paid Mileger money thinking that he was representing this newspaper since they recog nized the ads as having been printed by us and since Mileger was using a name which is sim ilar, called The Southern Jew ish Post. We have received carbon copies of many letters in which our advertisers throughout the slate have written The South ern Jewish Post, 1324 Richards Building, New Orleans 12. La. asking for their money back since they were duped into be lieving that Mileger represent ed this newspaper. t Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Joseph Mileoer who cashes checks by signing his name, J. Mileger, Publisher and Editor, is requested to communicate with Tha South ern Jewish Weekly immediate ly. Your cooperation will en able us to apprehend this per son who is creating ill will throughout the state because of Vis nefarious practices. $3.00 A YEA!