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Ica Leader Sees No Danger to Argentine Jews Under Ongania Regime

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Sir Henry D’Avigdor Goldsmid, president of the Jewish Colonization Association, said here today that “after a short visit here, my impression is that as long as Gen. (Juan Carlos) Ongania remains in power, the Jewish community need not fear outbreaks of persecution and discrimination.” Sir Henry, who came here with Victor Girmounsky, director-general of ICA, to study the situation of the ICA Jewish settlements, said he had found conditions more stable than people believed. He noted that the Ongania regime had gotten off to “a bad start” and that “there was a feeling of a floating anti-Semitic character” but he added that “President Ongania realized this would have been a mistake.”

Continued inflation in Argentina, Sir Henry said, had compelled ICA to revise some of its plans. He noted, however, that the Jewish colonists enjoyed a higher standard of living than ever before and said they were a stable element, remaining on their farms rather than seeking city life as was the case some years ago.

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