“forward” Celebrates 60th Anniversary; Eisenhower Greets Newspaper
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“forward” Celebrates 60th Anniversary; Eisenhower Greets Newspaper

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More than 3, 000 guests filled Carnegie Hall today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish Daily Forward, largest Jewish daily newspaper in the world. Principal speakers at the celebration included Israel Ambassador Abba Eban; George Meany, president of the organized American labor movement; Harry Rogoff, editor-in-chief of the Forward; Alexander Kahn, general manager of the newspaper; Adolph Held, president of the Forward Association, and others.

President Eisenhower, in a message of greetings, emphasized the role which the Forward played in spreading American principles among its readers. Israel President Ben Zvi and Premier Ben Gurion, in cabled greetings, pointed out the role which the newspaper played in strengthening the American Jewish labor movement and in stimulating active interest to Israel among its readers. Greetings were also received from Hugh Gaitskell, Herbert Morrison and other British statesmen.

Governor Harriman of New York, and Mayor Robert F. Wagner, in their greetings, expressed pride over the fact that the Forward is published in New York. Israel Ambassador Eban said that “in this great Yiddish newspaper Israel has found staunch and unwavering support, an understanding for its trials and deep sympathy for its aspirations.” The 200-page jubilee edition of the Forward carries an article by Ben Gurion, written in Yiddish, especially for this edition, relating experiences of his first years in New York.

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