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Jewish Groups Protest Appearance of Rockwell at Columbia University

February 10, 1966
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Pickets representing many Jewish youth organizations as well as adult groups, including the Association of Concentration Camp Survivors, turned out en mass tonight in front of the McMillin Theater, a facility on the campus of Columbia University, to protest the appearance on the campus of George Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell had been invited to speak by Humanitas, a student organization.

In a separate move, the New York-New Jersey Action Committee of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, protested sharply against Rockwell’s appearance in a letter to Dr. Grayson Kirk, president of Columbia University. “In refusing to take action and dignifying Rockwell by providing a platform at Columbia,” Mr. Cohen declared, “the university has permitted the abandonment of intellectual and moral standards to which it should aspire.”

In addition to the Association of Concentration Camp Survivors, the organizations that announced plans for the picketing included Habonim, Hashomer Hatzair, the Bund, Jewish Socialist organization, Socialist Youth, Betar, Bnai Akivah and Young Judea.

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