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Jewish Congress Leader Takes Issue with Congressional Committee

December 22, 1954
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The report of the House Committee on Un-American Activities condemning anti-Semitic groups in this country was given a cool reception today by the American Jewish Congress at a meeting of its women’s division. Judge Justine Wise Polier, addressing the meeting, said.

“To what extent the report is a sop thrown to decent Americans who were revolted by the previous slanders against leaders of the Protestant and Jewish clergy, I do not know. But I do know that no loyal American can derive any satisfaction from condemnation by a Congressional committee which has continued to deny fair hearings and fair procedures to men or groups who have been attacked.”

“As a Jew, and as president of the women’s division of the American Jewish Congress,” Judge Polier asserted, “I state that we are as concerned with having the principles of freedom and fair procedure applied to anti-Semitic groups, as well as to the great leaders of the Jewish people whom this committee has defamed.”

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