NEW YORK (May. 18)
Major Jewish community relations organizations today issued a statement denouncing as "fraudulent" the effort of the Communist-inspired National Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case "to inject the false issue of anti-Semitism" into the case of the condemned atomic secret spies.
The denunciatory statement was joined in by the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S., Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the National Community Relations Advisory Council. The N.G.R.A.C. is the central coordinating body for the organizations named as well as for 27 local Jewish councils throughout the country. The text of the statement follows:
"Any group of American citizens has a right to express its views as to the severity of the sentence in any criminal case. Attempts are being made, however, by a Communist inspired group called the National Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case, to inject the false issue of anti-Semitism into the Rosenberg case. We condemn these efforts to mislead the people of this country by unsupported charges that the religious ancestry of the defendants was a factor in the case. We denounce this fraudulent effort to confuse and manipulate public opinion for ulterior political purposes."