Argentine Teacher Who Segregated Jewish Pupils Cries “communism”

A Jewish parents committee fighting for the ouster of Mrs. Maria Teresia Quiroa de Nocetti as principal of a school where she segregated Jewish from non-Jewish students today denounced her statement that she was a victim of “Communist provocation.”

The committee said that the fact was that the principal was “trying desperately” to give the issue a political aspect in order to hamper the investigation and exert pressure on the Jewish parents.

Mrs. de Nocetti, principal of Commercial School No. 16, made her statement to Argentina’s leading daily, La Prensa, asserting that a Communist daily was the first to protest her anti-Jewish attitudes. The parents committee published a statement in the Jewish press assailing the principal’s “diversionist manoeuver” as a “slanderous attempt” to place on others the blame for her actions.

The statement refuted the principal’s claim that she was the victim of “a Communist plot” by citing findings of an investigation, undertaken on orders of Luis Mackays, Argentine Minister of Education, proving conclusively that the principal had engaged in discriminatory and anti-Semitic tactics.

NEXT STORY