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Item Title: Jews and American Politics
Guest: Isaacs, Stephen D., 1937-
Guest: Cuddihy, John Murray
Host: Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008
Date Created: December 02, 1974
Description: General George Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had set off an avalanche of criticism by referring publicly-in the context of emergency aid to Israel following the Yom Kippur War-to the extraordinary influence of Jews on our foreign policy.

He had been quickly defended, not in every particular but on the main point, by the Jewish journalist Stephen Isaacs.

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Description: General George Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had set off an avalanche of criticism by referring publicly-in the context of emergency aid to Israel following the Yom Kippur War-to the extraordinary influence of Jews on our foreign policy. He had been quickly defended, not in every particular but on the main point, by the Jewish journalist Stephen Isaacs. This lively discussion, full of detail, ranges from the Holocaust, to voting patterns of Jewish intellectuals, to the emotional effect of the 1967 Mideast War: SI: "Well, the Jew, up until that time, was this impression of a desk-bound, cowering sort of individual, who was led off, unprotesting, to a cattle car to be taken to his death. Well, '67 changed all that. Suddenly the Jew became a very strong person...When I was a kid growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and I was a 230-pound tackle, the people there who had never met a Jew couldn't believe I was really a Jew...It just didn't fit with the image."

Description (cont'd): This lively discussion, full of detail, ranges from the Holocaust, to voting patterns of Jewish intellectuals, to the emotional effect of the 1967 Mideast War: SI: "Well, the Jew, up until that time, was this impression of a desk-bound, cowering sort of individual, who was led off, unprotesting, to a cattle car to be taken to his death. Well, '67 changed all that. Suddenly the Jew became a very strong person...When I was a kid growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and I was a 230-pound tackle, the people there who had never met a Jew couldn't believe I was really a Jew...It just didn't fit with the image."
Theme(s): Jewish History , Radio & Television
Subject(s): Politics and government ; Jews in public life ; Jews ; Attitudes ; United States
Language(s): English
Country of Origin: United States
Place Recorded: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Dimensions: Duration: 58 minutes, 57 seconds
Format: Moving Image, Text
Medium: television programs
Aspect Ratio:
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Color:
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color
Soundtrack:
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sound
Hoover ID: Program S0163
Record Number: 80040.405
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