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Anti-semitic Literature Spread in Vermont State; F.b.i. Action Sought

July 31, 1962
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The Vermont State Legislature was asked today by Mayor John Daley of Rutland to denounce the spreading of anti-Semitic literature in the state, especially the anti-Jewish publication “Common Sense” which has shown up suddenly throughout the state, distributed by an unidentified source.

A formal resolution condemning this publication will be presented to the legislature by State Representative William Hogan of Rutland. “Common Sense” is published at Union, New Jersey. Mayor Daley said he has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate how the anti-Semitic newspaper has been transported from New Jersey into Vermont.

A number of state senators reported today to postal authorities at Burlington that they had received hate literature in the mail which they described as being anti-Jewish and anti-Catholic. They deplored the fact that there appear to be no postal laws which can be enforced to ban the use of mails for such purposes.

Norman Lash, chairman of the Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’rith in Rutland, said that the ADL had received numerous complaints from individuals in Vermont who had received anti-Jewish literature through the mails from an unknown source at Pittsford, Vt. Distribution of such literature has been condemned in resolutions adopted by state legislatures in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.

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