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Leading Non-jews in Argentina Address Meeting Against Anti-semitism

Assurances that “Gentiles and Jews” are solidified in this country in the fight against anti-Semitism and other movements preaching religious and racial hatred were voiced here today by some of Argentina’s most prominent, non-Jewish political, military and intellectual leaders. The statements were made at the opening public meeting of the United Front Against Anti-Semitism, an organization formed here last summer as a result of repeated outbreaks of anti-Jewish activities in this country.

Oscar Alende, former Buenos Aires State Governor under the Frondizi regime, told the session: “The nationalist extremist groups will not be able to split the Argentine family, otherwise divided enough politically, over the racial issue.” Carlos Alberto Erro, prominent author and president of the Argentine Writers Association, and Dr Manuel Ordonez, founder of the Christian Democratic Party, stressed that there is unity among Jews and non-Jews in this country around “democratic and peaceful ideals.” “Anti-Semitism will not grow roots in Argentina,” asserted Dr. Ordonez.

Similar assurances were made by Dr. Anselmo Marini, former Parliamentary leader of the Union Givica Radical del Pueblo; Julio Caesar Cueto Rua, leader of the Conservative Party; Armando March, leader of the Democratic Syndicates; and Admiral Isaac Rojas, former vice-president of Argentina in General Aramburu’s administration. The West German Ambassador here, Guenther Junker, attended the meeting.

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