NEW YORK (Oct. 2)
Ten German community and youth leaders–the first German delegation to share in an exchange program with an American Jewish organization–arrived in New York today. They will tour seven American cities in a study of American community life and “all aspects of civic affairs, citizenship, and democratic attitudes,” according to Benjamin Epstein, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
The exchange program with West Germany was initiated in July 1960 when 10 members of B’nai B’rith and the Anti-Defamation League made a similar study of community organizations and problems of democracy in Germany. The German delegation represents a cross-section of young German leadership, Mr. Epstein stressed. Among its members–all less than 40 years old–are a Catholic priest and an Evangelical minister, three educators, a social worker, an army lieutenant, and a government official concerned with civic affairs and human rights.
During their American tour, the German delegation will visit and study the workings of both national and local organizations concerned with human relations problems and civic affairs. Among them are the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the National Catholic Welfare Assembly, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, the Young Women’s Christian Association, and others. In the course of three days in Washington, they will also meet with several American congressmen.