U.J.A. to Honor American Generals for Aid to Nazi Victims
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U.J.A. to Honor American Generals for Aid to Nazi Victims

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The United Jewish Appeal will cite five American generals prominent in the United States occupation of Germany and Austria, as well as their chief civilian advisers on Jewish affairs, it was announced today by William Rosenwald, general chairman of the UJA. The citations will be presented at the national UJA two-day conference which will open in Washington on June 4. Senator Herbert H. Lehman will also be cited as the first director general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

The five generals to be honored are: General Mark Clark, former Commander of U.S. Forces in Austria and former Supreme commander of United Nations Forces in Korea; General Joseph T. McNarney, former Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe; General Lucius D. Clay, former U.S. Military Governor in Germany; General John H. Hilldring, former Assistant Secretary of State for Occupied Areas, and General Clarence Huebner, former Acting Commander of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany.

The chief civilian advisers on Jewish affairs who will be honored are: Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein of Rochester; former Federal Judge Simon H. Rifkind of New York; Judge Louis E. Levinthal of Philadelphia; Dr. William Haber of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Harry Greenstein, executive director of the Jewish Welfare Fund of Baltimore, and Abraham S. Hyman of New York, administrative director of the World Jewish Congress.

Each will receive an Award of Humanitarian Service. The awards will be in the form of ancient clay lamps dating back to Biblical times and discovered recently during excavations in Israel. Each lamp will be encased in glass and mounted on wood, with a silver plaque noting that the recipient made an “extraordinary contribution in keeping alive the ancient flame of human freedom.” The ceremonies will come as part of a National Cash Mobilization and will bring together more than 1,200 leaders of UJA-affiliated campaigns in all parts of the country.

Mr. Rosenwald, in remarking on the cash phase of the two-day conference, pointed out that it will mark the half-way point in an emergency 60-day drive for the raising of a multi-million dollar fund to stave off a threatening immigration crisis in Israel. In addition to the commemorative and cash features of the two-day meeting, the conference will also witness the installation of Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman of Milwaukee as the UJA’s new executive vice-chairman. Rabbi Friedman will be installed as successor to Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, who left the UJA recently to head a new corporation for the sale of State of Israel Bonds. He will be honored for his four and a half years of outstanding leadership of the UJA.

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