CHICAGO (May. 25)
Anti-Jewish bias still exists among real estate operators in the suburbs north of this city, A. Abbot Rosen, Chicago director of the B’nai B’rith’s Anti-Defamation League, has charged here.
Addressing a conference on “acceptance and exclusion” of Jews, sponsored by Lake Forest College and the ADL. Mr. Rosen declared that it has been estimated that at least three of 10 properties recently offered for sale or rent in the Evanston-North Shore district were “closed to Jews” as well as to Negroes.
“Of the hundreds of complaints of housing discrimination against Jews on the North Shore which we have received,” he said, “there has always been a real estate firm articulating the restrictions. Realtors have imposed restrictions on their own initiative. They see in such actions nothing inconsistent with their plea of ‘freedom for property owners.’”
Another of the speakers at the conference, Dr. Charles U. Harris, dean and president of the Seabury Western Theological Seminary, at Evanston, said the villages in the area discriminate against Jews because they fear intermarriage between Christians and Jews.