B’nai B’rith Members Warned on Birch Society at Convention
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B’nai B’rith Members Warned on Birch Society at Convention

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All members of B’nai B’rith were called upon here by David M. Blumberg, of Knoxville, an international vice-president of B’nai B’rith, to make a special effort to inform themselves about the activities of the John Birch Society. He charged that the society is spending $12,000,000 a year against “everything that our society stands for, from the United Nations and civil rights to even the PTA.”

Addressing the B’nai B’rith District 7 convention, Mr. Blumberg said that the John Birch Society, by attacking the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, is employing “Hitler-like” divisive technique by inaccurately labeling the ADL “as an independent unit, out of step with the national rank and file of its parent body, B’nai B’rith.” “It’s not going to work,” he added.

“All members of B’nai B’rith,” he said, “in fact, the entire Jewish community, recognize the danger of secret organizations in American life such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Communist Party and, today, the John Birch Society.”

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