NEW YORK (Apr. 5)
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, today issued a statement expressing regret that the telecast interviews, “Eichmann and Israel,” scheduled to be shown tonight over the Columbia Broadcasting System television network–although taped separately–make him appear on the same platform with Dr. Elmer Berger of the American Council for Judaism.
While recognizing Dr. Berger’s right to express his opinions, Dr. Goldmann said: “It is, however, also my privilege to refuse to appear with Dr. Berger on a program concerning the State of Israel. At the time of the taping I had inquired about the list of participants but the name of Dr. Berger was not mentioned to me. It is to be regretted that CBS found it impossible to meet my subsequent request that my part be eliminated from the program.
Dr. Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress, who also taped a portion of the program, said he would not have consented to appear if he had known that a representative of the American Council For Judaism would also appear on the same program. On learning that Dr. Berger would be on the program, Dr. Prinz said that he and Dr. Goldmann had requested that either their portions or Berger’s be eliminated from the telecast but that CBS refused.