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Argentine Bishop Denies He Said Jewish Doctors May Lose Hospital Jobs

August 22, 1966
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An Argentine bishop who was quoted by an Uruguay an newspaper of having said that Jewish doctors in this country may lose their positions in hospitals denied today that he was quoted accurately.

The clergyman, Bishop Jeronimo Jose Podesta, of suburban Avellandea, was quoted as making that statement in an interview printed in the Uruguayan weekly, Marcha. That weekly has been barred by the new military regime ruling Argentina. Today, Bishop Podesta said that the weekly had completely misinterpreted him, declaring the statement in Marcha was “unauthorized.” The statement in Marcha, he said, “creates regrettable confusion.”

An Argentine leader scheduled to become Ambassador to the United States said here today that he had found on a recent tour of the United States that “some opinion media” were “developing a campaign to create the impression that in Argentina there exists an anti-Semitic attitude.”

Alvaro Alsogaray discussed his tour of the United States and several European capitals made on an assignment from the new Government of Lt. Gen. Juan Carolos Ongania to explain that government. He said he believed that this “campaign” would continue “for some time yet.” He said that “in informed circles” in the United States, “not too much importance is assigned to this campaign” but that “it has damaged us.”

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