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Vice-president Humphrey Attacks Display of Nazi Swastikas in U.S.

August 26, 1966
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Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey expressed concern today about increasing extremism and violence on the streets of the nation, telling the 71st annual convention of the Jewish War Veterans here that he deplored that in recent demonstrations “once again the Nazi swastika” was displayed in the United States.

He said forces of extremism “must be watched carefully and we must be very sure they do not become the pattern of the day.” Mr. Humphrey referred at length to problems in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America but avoided all reference to Israel and the Middle East. He had been expected to comment on the Syrian-Israeli situation.

The Vice-President told the estimated 2,500 delegates and guests that he was “much impressed” by the JWV stand on the Vietnam war. He quoted with approval from the JWV veto of a measure upholding Vietnam dissent at the recent plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council in Washington. The JWV awarded Mr. Humphrey its Gold Medal of Honor.

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