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Dropsie College Awards Degree to Samuel Rosenman; Urges Education Against Intolerance

May 23, 1944
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The honorary degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters was awarded here yesterday by Dropsie College to Samuel I. Rosenman, legal adviser to President Roosevelt, for his work in the field of Jewish religious education.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Dr. Rosenman said: “Too often in the past, education has tended toward the creation of a narrow and selfish nationalism, rather than an attitude of good-will and international understanding. In the kind of future world which our political leaders are discussing and for which the civilized peoples of the globe are yearning, education should be keyed to develop a deep appreciation of the value of democracy and world cooperation, an abhorrence of intolerance and prejudice, and a strong and abiding determination to keep the peace.” He suggested that “the great universities of America” give thought to helping stricken universities of Europe.

Dr. Abraham A. Neuman, president of the college, said that Europe would be unable in this generation to pursue humanistic studies. “Palestine would be the center of Hebraic learning and America the great center of Jews of the world,” he predicted.

Doctor of Philosophy degrees were awarded to Abraham I. Katch, assistant Professor of Hebrew Literature and Jewish Education at New York University; Charles Oczer, instructor of Hebrew Literature at Brooklyn College, and Rabbi Reuben J. Magil of Herrisburg, Pa.

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