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Buenos Aires Jewish Leaders Report on Jewish Life in Argentina

December 14, 1965
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A review of the situation of Argentinian Jewry was given here by two Buenos Aires Jewish leaders at a dinner in their honor tendered by the American Section of the World Jewish Congress. The two leaders, Gregorio Fainguersch, president of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community and of the Argentinian Federation of Jewish Communities, and Gregorio Faigon, vice-president of the DAIA, the central representative body of Argentinian Jewry, are visiting New York for conferences with major Jewish organizations.

The two Jewish leaders discussed the impact of Argentinian government action in curtailing anti-Semitic activities and surveyed some of the major issues confronting the Jewish community in its efforts to strengthen Jewish life throughout Argentina. Mr. Faigon reported that while the government and people of Argentina were not anti-Semitic, there were three sources of anti-Jewish manifestations in the country: “imported” Nazis, reactionary church elements, and hostile Arab League representatives.

Governmental action against local Nazi elements and in barring an inflamatory Arab League envoy had made an improvement in the situation, Mr. Faigon said. He noted that Nazi publications were being circulated in Argentina and throughout Latin America and said that anti-Semitism continued to exist. It was essential that public opinion should be aware of this, he stated.

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