Occident and Orient Society to Bring Newspapermen Together
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Occident and Orient Society to Bring Newspapermen Together

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A “Society of the Occident and the Orient” was organized here “to bring together the editors, writers and correspondents of the foreign language press resident in Detroit and Michigan, that they may obtain an amicable understanding of the ideals, hopes and problems of the different peoples of the world”.

Officers of the society, in which 17 different nationalities are represented are: James L. Devlin of the Detroit News, chancellor; Albert M. Mark, editor of the Hungarian Magyar Hirlap, secretary; John Barc, editor of the Polish weekly Fireside, Philip Slomovitz, managing editor of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle. George Laskaris, editor of the Greek paper Progress.

A paragraph in the creed of the organization reads:

“It is the belief of the members of the Society of the Occident and the Orient that there are no superior or inferior peoples. That every nation has something worth while, some contribution to make to the common treasury to the human progress. Through this union the members of this society hope to reach a better understanding of the national ideals of other peoples and the contributions of each to the progress of literature, arts and science.”

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