RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Jul. 26)
Textbooks containing anti-Semitic statements are being used in the municipal schools here, which are being financed by the provincial government of Guanabara, in spite of protests voiced by the Jewish community, it was reported here today.
One of the textbooks was written by the late notoriously anti-Semitic priest N. Negromonte and is in the form of a religious handbook containing anti-Jewish allegations and defamatory statements against Jews. It has been introduced in the schools by order of the Department of Education of the provincial government.
Intervention with the Department of Education to withdraw the anti-Jewish textbooks brought a reply that this could be done only when the Catholic Diocese will agree to it. A spokesman of the Catholic Diocese, which is ostensibly responsible for the study of religion in the municipal schools, declared that as long as the Ecumenical Council has not officially changed as yet its attitude toward the role of the Jews in the crucifixion of Jesus, there is no possibility to introduce any changes in the textbooks.