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If'! STACES Strictly Confidential TIDBITS from EVERYWHERE By Phineas J. Biron YOU SHOULD KNOW Yes• it's true the reappearance of Father Charles E. Coughlin as the official leader of an aggressive "America First" movement is all set . . . It will be staged as soon as hostilities cease in Europe . Coughlin is relying on strong units of war veterans who were incul- cated before they went overseas . .. Former Congressman Hamilton Fish of New York is scheduled to be- COme the executive director of the • Eastern isolationist forces, which are mobilizing for the 1946 Con- gressional elections . . . The theme- song of their campaign will be that the United States is governed not by duly-elected representatives of the People, but by a group of "alien- minded,, persons who are opposed to the American Constitution• WITH THE ZIONISTS Maurice Samuel will fly to Eng- land early in April, in the interests of the Zionist cause . . . The re- strained tone of Arthur Lourie's booklet "Britain and Palestine." Published by the American Zionist Emergency Council, should con- Vince the British government that the American Zionist leadership has, for better or worse• accepted the Weizmann line . . . The booklet issued by the Palestine Economic Corporation about its investment activities in Eretz Israel is an eye- opener . . . It should be read by all who believe that Palestine is merely an object for charitable do- nations. FOREIGN AFFAIRS The State Department has con- fessed to a delegation of Jewish leaders that so far it has discovered no legal basis for the punishment of Nazi crimes against the Jews of Germany . . . By the time this Column is published Adolf Hitler may be on his way to the Argentine, we're told by one of America's most astute predictors--and we pass it on to you for what it's worth . . . Incidentally, the full story of the incessant growth of anti-Semitism in the Argentine has not yet been told publicly . . . Those who are in the know realize that the situation is very, very grave... Reports from France are far from reassuring . . . N a z i propaganda, assiduously spreading during the occupation of France, succeeded in planting anti- Semitic seeds very deep . . . The tragedy is that the DeGaulle gov- (Continued on Page 4) Five Day Vigil m, FEBRUARY 12. 1945 -- SHEVAT 29. 5705 SEATTLE. WASHINGTON VOL. XXI. NO. 29 - | NAVY HOSPITAL PAPER FEATURES DR. CLEIN Worship Series The above picture, which was featured on the front page o the Seattle U. S. Naval Hospital newspaper, The Stethoscope, shows a well-known member of the community, Lieut. Comdr. N. W. Clein, demonstrat- ing the hospital "Irong Lung." The picture was used to plug the hospital's March of Dimes program during the recent drive. Commander Clein, former outstanding Seattle pediatrician and specialist in infantile paralysis treatment, received his commission in the navy recently and has been stationed at the Naval Hospital. Solons Oppose Fair Hire Law NEW YORK (JPS)--Opposition in Congress to forced hiring of Jews, Negroes, Mexicans or any other minority groups under a "work or fight" act, resulted in the failure of the House Military Affairs Com- mittee to include any fair employ- ment practice restrictions in its manpower draft bill, and may cause an extended delay in any national service legislation, Milton Murray, PM press bureau correspondent, re- ported from Washington• Opposed by some Congressmen are amendments, likely to be pro- posed, to prevent employers from refusing to take men sent to them under the labor draft, because of their own racial or color bans. Brings Praises GREW SAYS U. S. NEW YORK (JPS) -- Exposing himself on a hilltop for five days in freezing weather and under con- stant enemy fire in France, Cap- tain Arthur M. Shain, of Boston, 26-Year-old artillery officer, direc- ted the concentrated fire from four field artillery battalions, stopping a large German counter-attack• Captain Shain, who voluntarily took the position of a field artillery observer who was killed in action, has been awarded the Silver Star for "gallantry in action" and holds the French Croix de Guerre, the lational Jewish Welfare Board reports here. FOR PUNISHMENT WASHINGTON, D. C. (JPS) -- Declaring that this government has a "comprehensive and forthright program for dealing with war criminals," and would "see to it that the Axis leaders and their henchmen guilty of war crimes and atrocities shall be brought to the bar of justice," Acting Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew announced that the State Department has re- newed its request for a special Congressional appropriation to pro- vide full American participation in the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Blockade Lifted; Jews Get Clothes NEW YORK (JPS)--For the first time since the beginning of the war, the Foreign Economic Administra- tion has lifted its blockade of ship- ments to enemy territory in order to permit 10,000 pounds of clothing collected in the United States to reach 9,200 Jews interned in Bergen Belsen concentration camp in te province of Hanover, the World Jewish Congress announced here. The clothing, collected by the Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress, is being shipped] by the American Red Cross to I Gotheborg, Sweden, and by the I International Red Cross into Ber- gen Belsen for distribution. O'Dwyer to Head Refugee Board WASHINGTON. D. C., (JPS) Brigadier General William O'Dwyer, Kings County District Attorney on leave, has been appointed executive director of the War Refugee Board. succeeding John W. Pehle who re- Lodge To Have Two Day Meet In Vancouver As a result of the recent Mem- bership Coordination meeting held in Sacramento. California, for Dis- signed. General O'Dwyer has been placed by the War Department on the Ar- my inactive list in order to assume his duties as head of the board• He recently returned from Italy where he was vice-president of the Allied Control Commission for Italy with the personal rank of minister. O'Dwyer was born in Brooklyn of Irish parents. He served on the New York City police force and has nu- merous friends among Jews. His outstanding achievement as Dis- trict Attorney was the investigation and prosecution of the underworld ring known as "Murder Incorporat- ed." POLL REVEALS PREJUDICE UP NEW YORK (JPS)--Negroes and Jews were listed above German- American Bundists and Japanese as the groups in the United States who might be most "harmful" to the future of the country, according to a poll of opinion covering all sections and social strata in the country, taken in September, 1943. This is revealed for the first time by Elmo Roper, authority on public opinion surveys and conductor of the "Fortune" magazine poll, in a series of two articles on "anti- Semitism in America," appearing in the New York Herald Tribune. Of the 32% who answered "yes" to the question "are there any groups in this country who might be harmful to the future of the country unless curbed," 16% named Negroes, 14% listed Jews, 10% named German Bundists and 9% named Japanese. "Apprehension was highest in the upper-income levels and in New England and the mountain states," Mr. Roper reports. SCHOOLS OPEN Paris (JPS--A total of 240 Jew- ish children, orphans whose parents were deported by the Germans and have probably perished in death camps in Poland, are attending foul Jewish afternoon schools recently opened here. SCHOOLS TO HAVE RACIAL STUDIES NEW YORK (JPS)--A compul- Sory course devoted to the study of later-racial problems, to be added to the curriculum of New York City high schools, was proposed by r. Harrison C. Thomas of the high School division office of the Board of Education, as part of an intensi- fied program to combat racial and religious intolerance. The program will be carried out ttU2her through the student General Organization in New York City's academic and vocational high Schools. Dr. Harrison suggested that school eWspapers publicize inter - racial -gdanlzations among the student i. dy in schools and that each school ave clubs of separate religious] plus one large organization all faiths. For All Faiths Opens at Temple Beginning the first in a series of worship services sponsored by the Inter-Religious Fellowship of Seat- tle. an inter-faith, inter-racial wor- ship service will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at the Temple De Hirsch under the direction of representatives of vari- ous religious groups in the city, The public is invited. With the hope of merging the characteristics and singular con- tributions of each denomination, the services will be held in various places of worsbip and will be open to members of all faiths. Well-Known Committee Presentation of these services is under the direction of a committee of ministers, rabbis and laymen in- cluding many prominent citizens of Seattle. At present there are some 42 sponsors including ministers of all faiths. Members of the Jewish community on the committee in- clude Rabbi Raphael Levine. Sam- uel Holeenberg, Rabbi Arthur Zuck- erman. Miss Edith Cohen, Melville Monheimer, and Rabbi Franklin i Cohn, Among the noted Christian spon- sors are Mrs. F. E. Powell of the Seattle City Council; George Green- wood. chairman of the Mayor's Committee on Civic Unity; Wesley F. Rennie, executive secretary of the Y.M.C.A.; John Richards of the Seattle Public Library; Dr• Kathar- ine Whiteside Taylor of the Fam- ily Life Education Department of the Seattle Public Schools. Unity Needed ' Discussing the purpose of the service, members of the committee issued the following statement: I "Deeper spiritual power is greatest need and the salvation for the trict No. 4, Grand Lodge, B'nai fusion of our world today. B'rith, a regional membership con- is beyond the strength of any terence and cl!nic for lodge officers ldenomination. Unity is essential will be held m Vancouver, B. C. I The hel- of ever-- member of ev --' O n '  y  ,r Saturday and Sunday, February t -roun is needed" 24r:Cd 25'o" OrltoY r S°l°orthn'rnmem" f - Ple'n of;he services is modeled on p c ord t , "/that already used in many other gion of District No 4 Grand Lodge eomm -i*: ....  :-  ....  Paa • " • ' I nil 14 llll.$, 111 lUlt.; J..tL B'nm B'rith announced thin week /de n .......... _ _ ' ..... '[ , alllornla, wnere mere m an lepresentatives from lz orm- inter e ^:-^*:--" ^.. _^. 6 ..... j - d nuazallltlulal :ltut;ta ul, west chapters will meet m me ua-....:_. .... nadian city for the two-day confer-/w,,Lcn all groups worsntp. once as guests of the Vancouver Other services to take Lodge. They will hear talks and discussions from Oscar A. Mathews of Sacramento, District Grand Pres- ident, and from Edward A. Zeisler of San Francisco, District Grand Secretary. Mathews will address the mem- bership conference while Secretary Zeisler will lead discussions m the lodge officers' clinic. Committee Members On the committee as hosts to the conference are members of the Van- couver lodge including David Freed- man, president; Ben A. Pastinsky, past president: Leo Mahrer. secre- tary; Morris Waterman of the gen- eral membership committee, and J. B. Jaffee of the district general com- mittee. Invitations have been issued to delegates, including officers and membership workers, from B'nai B'rith lodges in Tacoma, Vancouver, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Centralia. Chehalis, Olympia, Seattle, Bremer- ton, Yakima, Spokane. Walla Walla, Victoria, B. C., and Bellingham. Seattle Plans Helping to make arrangements for Seattle lodge's attendance are H. Orley Solomon. P. Allen Rickles and A. J. Goldman, all past presi- dents of the local lodge. All members of participating lodges are invited to attend the Van- couver conference. However, they are warned that final arrangements for hotel reservations at the confer- ence headquarters must be made not later than Wednesday, February 14. Reservations may be made with either Irving Lewis at the B'nai B'rith office, 525 Seaboard Build- ing, or H. Orley Solomon at Main 6614. various churches in held in the future, the time to be announced later. GROUPS OPPOSE BUDGET NEW YORK (JPS)Opposition to the National Budgeting Plan l;a'o- posed by the officers of the Council of Federations and Welfare Funds was registered by the American Jewish Conference through a reso- lution adopted by its Executive Committee• Other organizations that have ' ! registered their protest are the ' -i United Palestine Appeal and the •  Zionist Organization of America : '  The commend the -- resolutions Council for its service to member ;:i agencies in providing them with  statistical background, recommend  extension of this particular service, but register unanimous opposition :,,, to the plan of National Budgeting. i! Boy Scout Sabbath Representing Orthodox, Conserva. tive and Reform Judaism, the Syna- . gogue Council of America, thluh its president, Dr. Herbert S. Gold. stein, proclaimed the Sabbath of . February 10 as Boy Scout Sabbath in synagogues and temples through- out the United States. Suitable services and observances were held in all places of worshi D as me result of the ,prcad .wlth local synagogues and te. oining in the Boy Scout ob,m-." anee.