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Reform Rabbi Tells Pope He Will Seek to Counteract ‘the Deputy’

February 14, 1964
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Rabbi William F. Rosenblum, of New York, one of the leading Reform rabbis of the United States, said yesterday he had told Pope Paul VI that he and other American Reform leaders would try to offset the effects of the first American performance of “The Deputy,” which will open in New York on February 26.

The play, which has evoked controversy in every city where it has been performed, charges that the late Pop Pius XII failed to speak out against the wartime Nazi mass murder of European Jewry. Rabbi Rosenblum said the group of Reform leaders would make an effort to tell “the true story” of the efforts of the late Pontiff to help persecuted Jews during the war.

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