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Israeli-defamation League of B’nai B’rith Opens Three-day Parley in New York

The three-day annual meeting of the national commission of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith opened here today at the Waldron-Astoria. Benjamin R. Epstein, national director of the A.D.L., emphasized in his annual report that "two out of every three dollars we expended last year was not for ‘defense’ activity, but to encourage among communities throughout the U.S. a positive the program for better human relations."

The A.D.L. director asserted that the bulk of the 1948 program of the organization was "designed specifically to promote the cause of civil rights" and to "popularize the meaning and content of the historic report of the President’s Committees Civil Rights."

In its annual survey, the A.D.L reported the promotion of 73 books and pamphlets with a total circulation of 544,365, while the agency’s speakers department filled 2,335 lecture engagements and booked 226 radio and television programs. The report added, that in cooperation with the Protestant Film Commission, the A.D.L. produced in Hollywood a full-length film, ‘Prejudice,’ which was released in April in 150 commercial motion picture theatres throughout the country.

During the past year the A.D.L, also created several film strips and one-reel color cartoons for school and club use, the report said. An advertising program–prepared in cooperation with the Institute for American Democracy–utilizing billboards, posters, newspaper display ads and car cards, was placed in 87 major cities, the report stated.

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