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campaign grew,” he said, “it might develop into an anti-Semitic drive. I have feared that the blame for obscenity in moving pictures might fall on the heads of Jews.

“I must admit that such blame in a sense would be justified.”


The solution, Mr. Skirball feels, lies in the refusal of individuals to patronize distasteful films. He particularly urged parents to act as censors or their children, pointing out that while impressionable youths are not permitted to read books which might damage them morally, they are freely allowed to attend almost any moving picture, irrespective of its standards of decency.

“I think producers will do their best to clean up the screen,” he declared in conclusion, “but if they don’t, you just make them wish they had.”

Mr. Skirball was in the rabbinate until two years ago. He held posts in Cleveland and in Evansville, Ind. The firm with which he is now associated is an affiliate of Fox Films and produces short subjects for the latter firm.


Mrs. Sidney Goldstein, chairman of the women’s organization, presided over yesterday’s luncheon and delivered the welcoming address.

In a brief outline of the group’s proposed program she said the Monday night open meetings will be held as usual this year, but they will deviate from past procedure in that they will in effect constitute a course in adult education.

She spoke of the work of the committees on peace and on women’s affairs and told of plans to form a child study group arrangements for which are still incomplete.

She paid tributes to officers of the organization, among whom are Mrs. Julius Loeb, treasurer; Mrs. Frederick Guggenheim, secretary; and Mrs. Joseph Levine, vice-president and chairman of the membership committee.

She also complimented Mrs. Morris Voss, honorary chairman of the hospitality committee, who was incharge of arrangements.

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