NEW YORK (Aug. 23)
Nazism in Germany “is not altogether dead, and in the Soviet Union Judaism is treated as “a culture of antiquity” and a “museum piece,” Rabbi George B. Lieberman, of the Central Synagogue of Nassau County, declared at a press conference here today. The rabbi has just returned from visits to the USSR, Germany and Israel.
“During a visit to a German university near Munich,” Rabbi Lieberman stated. “I found most disconcerting the attitude of mockery and brazenness toward me as an obvious Jew. Students questioned me about American Jews in a spirit of mockery.
In the Soviet Union the rabbi stated, he found scholars doing research work in the history of Jewish culture at libraries in Leningrad and Moscow, and he came acres one non-Jewish scholar delving into the works of the greatest Hebrew poet of the Middle Ages, Judah Halevi, But as for practical religious practice, he asserted, he found Russia “entirely without religious schools for any religious groups.