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Lelyveld Warns That War Nerves, Backlash, May Lead to Mccarthyism

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, president of the American Jewish Congress, warned tonight that the United States faced the prospect of another bout with McCarthyism as a result of war nerves and white backlash. In his speech, before the Stephen S. Wise Awards dinner here, he warned of “strains” resulting from America’s involvement in Viet Nam and “hostile reactions” to Negro demands for integration.

Rabbi Lelyveld spoke in presenting the 1966 Stephen S. Wise award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas. Another Stephen S. Wise medallion was presented to Frank Abrams of New York, “for strengthening Jewish life.” Mr. Abrams is national treasurer of the Congress.