Rhode Island Governor Decries Anti-semitic Opposition to

Manifestation of anti-Semitic opposition to the confirmation of David E. Lilienthal as U.S. Atomic Energy chairman was likended to the Senate opposition thirty years ago against confirmation of Louis D. Brandeis as a Supreme Court justice by Governor John O. Pastore of Rhode Island speaking before the two-day New England regional convention of the Jewish War Veterans.

Such intolerence, said Governor Pastore, provides the “sparks of a conflagration that can destroy civilization.” The charge made against Lilienthal that he is a Jew, he added, “is a new whisper with an old accent.” The governor said that men of good will cannot be “silent” at such a time if “the American hopes of freedom are to be held out to oppressed peoples everywhere.”

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