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Group Opposes Transfer of Jewish Historical Society to Brandeis Campus

A Committee for the Preservation of the Integrity of the American Jewish Historical Society was formed here by leaders of the Society, following disagreement over announced plans to move the Society’s operations and headquarters from New York City to the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

The Committee is headed by Dr. Salo W. Baron, former president of the Society, chairman; Judge Edgar J. Nathan, Jr., vice-president of the Society, and Prof. Abraham A. Neuman, vice-president of the Society and president of Dropsie College of Philadelphia, co-chairmen.

The Committee was formed in opposition to the announced transfer of the Society to Prandeis by its president, Dr. Abram Kanof, two weeks ago. A major contention of the Committee is that the transfer to Waltham is contrary to the intent of the late Dr. Lee M. Friedman, former president of the Society, who had left it a $1,500, 000 legacy.

The will stipulates that the legacy be given to the Society only “on the express condition that it shall be an independent organization.” The membership of the Society had voted 675 to 459 against a move to Brandeis in a November referendum, the Committee claimed.