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Officials Hail Contributions of British Jews to Development of Their Country

British Home Secretary James Cailaghan speaking at a Guildhall dinner marking the silver jubilee of the Leo Baeck Lodge of B’nai B’rith hailed the Jewish community of Britain for its contributions to the vigor and strength of the country. Mr. Cailaghan declared that British Jews have brought a “productive approach” to the nation’s commerce and industry and contributed substantially to the advancement of the arts.

“You are a gifted people,” he said, adding, “If you were not I don’t know how long you could have survived.” Quinton Hogg, Shadow Cabinet Home Secretary, said that most Jews had come to Britain persecuted and ignorant of the language and have built themselves into a solidly responsible and respected body of British citizenry.