Alabama Congressman Will Press for Yiddish Voa Broadcasts

Rep, John Buchanan, a former Birmingham, Ala., pastor, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he is interested in the issue of Soviet Jewry because he has “intense admiration for what the Jewish community has done for the rights of others.” The Alabama Republican has been one of the most vocal Congressmen on the issue of Voice of America broadcasting in Yiddish. He said that he was “not very impressed” with the arguments against Yiddish broadcasts presented to the Congress by Acting. Director of the United States Information Agency. Henry Loomis and Assistant Secretary of State Martin Hillenbrand at a private meeting Wednesday. Buchanan maintained that VOA broadcasting in Yiddish would give Soviet Jews ” recognition they so clearly deserve.” He condemned the Soviet’s ” unique discrimination against Jews as an ethnic entity.” He said that he planned to pursue the issue with Nixon Administration officials and hoped that the Administration would change its mind.

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