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In a letter to the Wyman Institute dated March 3, 2006, NAA President John Sturm:

*  acknowledged, and expressed "regret," for the ANPA's action in 1939;

*  invited Prof. Leff, and Prof. Friedrich's son, Paul Friedrich, to address the NAA Board of DIrectors, in Chicago;

*  announced that NAA chairman Jay Smith will speak about "the work of Prof. Friedrich, and the issues raised in Prof. Leff's paper," in his address to the 2006 NAA annual convention, in Chicago;

*  asked Prof. Leff to write an article for the NAA's flagship publication, Presstime Magazine, about American journalism's response to the plight of German Jewish refugee journalists

Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the Wyman Institute, said: "We strongly commend John Sturm and the NAA for facing up to the failure of U.S. journalists and publishers to aid Jewish refugee journalists, just as other public figures, corporations, and governments have in recent years faced up to their own failures during the Holocaust.  Acknowledging and regretting past mistakes is the first step in ensuring that they will never be repeated."

The signatories on the Wyman Institute's petition included Marvin Kalb and Alex Jones of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; Martin Peretz, editor in chief, and Leon Wieseltier, literary editor, of The New Republic; Victor Navasky, Publisher Emeritus of The Nation; Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism; and numerous other deans of journalism schools, professors of journalism, and prominent journalists.

Prof. Leff said she is "pleased to have the opportunity to address the NAA Board of Directors, and write for the NAA's magazine, about this troubling but important chapter in the history of American journalism."

Prof. Leff, a member of the Wyman Institute's Academic Council, is Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University.  Formerly a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald, she is author of the critically-acclaimed new book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

The complete text of the petition:

February 15, 2006

John Sturm, President / CEO
Newspaper Association of America
1921 Gallows Road, Suite 600
Vienna, VA  22182-3900 / fax: (703) 917-0636

Dear Mr. Sturm:

As journalists, we are saddened by the new research documenting the refusal of the American Newspaper Publishers Association to aid Jewish refugee journalists who were trying to flee Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Prof. Laurel Leff, of the Department of Journalism at Northeastern University, discussed her research on this topic during a panel sponsored by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, at the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, in December 2005.

Prof. Leff described the unsuccessful efforts by Professors David Riesman and Carl Friedrich to persuade journalism schools and newspaper publishers to hire Jewish refugee journalists.  Not only did the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA) refuse to aid the refugee journalists, but it even rejected a request by Prof. Friedrich to speak about the problem for ten minutes at the ANPA's 1939 convention.

Since the ANPA later merged into the Newspaper Association of America, we turn to you to address the terrible wrong that was committed in 1939.  We believe that the Newspaper Association of America should publicly acknowledge that the ANPA was wrong to turn its back on Jewish refugee journalists fleeing Hitler.  In addition, we ask you to invite Prof. Leff to address the April 2006 convention, in Chicago, of the Newspaper Association of America, concerning her important research. 

Just as various governments, corporations, and institutions have acknowledged the wrongs they committed during the Hitler era by publicly apologizing, paying reparations, or taking other appropriate steps to face up to their past, so too should the Newspaper Association of America squarely face up to the mistakes made by the journalistic community during those terrible years.

We must all learn from those mistakes, so they will never be repeated.


Sincerely,

Marvin Kalb
Founding Director and Senior Fellow, Shorenstein Center
on the Press, Politics and Public Policy - Harvard University

Martin Peretz
Editor in Chief, The New Republic

Nicholas Lemann
Dean, Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University

Alex Jones
Director, Shorenstein Center on the
Press, Politics and Public Policy - Harvard University

Victor Navasky
Publisher Emeritus
The Nation

Leon Wieseltier
Literary Editor, The New Republic

Murrey  Marder
Sponsor, Nieman Watchdog Project,
Nieman Foundation for Journalism,
Harvard University

Bernard Weinraub
former reporter, New York Times

Laurence Zuckerman
former reporter, New York Times

Morton Mintz
senior adviser to the Nieman Foundation's Watchdog Project
former reporter, Washington Post
former chair, Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Arlene Morgan
Associate Dean
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Neil Hickey
Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review

James F. Hoge, Jr.
Editor, Peter G. Peterson Chair
Foreign Affairs
Council on Foreign Relations

Jonathan Tepperman
Deputy Managing Editor
Foreign Affairs
Council on Foreign Relations

James W. Brown
Professor and Executive Associate Dean
Indiana University School of Journalism

Edward I. Koch
Mayor of New York City, 1978-1989;
newspaper columnist & Bloomberg Radio commentator

Robert K. Stewart
Director, Institute for International Journalism
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Ohio University

James L. Baughman
Director and Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lorraine E. Branham
Director, School of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin

Lewis A. Friedland
Director, Center for Communication and Democracy
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Mandelbaum
Professor and Director of the American Foreign Policy Program,
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International
Studies and frequent op-ed columnist

Russ Baker
Editor-in-chief, The Real News Project
Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review

Todd Gitlin
Professor of Journalism and Sociology
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Marvin Olasky
Professor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Editor-in-chief, World

Fouad Ajami
Professor and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University;
Contributing editor, The New Republic

Ben Wattenberg
Moderator, 'Think Tank' - PBS Television
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Maxwell McCombs
Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair
School of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin

Philip Meyer
Knight Chair in Journalism
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bill McAllister
former reporter, The Washington Post

John V. Pavlik
Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Director, Journalism Resources Institute
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

David T. Z. Mindich
Professor and Chair
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Saint Michael's College

Linda Steiner
Editor, Critical Studies in Media Communication
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey

James L. Hoyt
Professor Emeritus and former Director
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jeff Jacoby
Syndicated columnist, The Boston Globe

Bernhard Debatin
Associate Professor for Multimedia Policy
Director of Tutorial Studies in Journalism
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Ohio University

Julie Triedman
Senior Reporter, The American Lawyer
Adjunct Professor of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Robert S. Greenberger
former reporter, Wall Street Journal

Mary T. Rogus
Associate Professor, Broadcast Journalism
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Ohio University

Lynn Schofield Clark
Assistant Research Professor and Director, Teens & the New Media@Home
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Colorado at Boulder

David Abrahamson
John Deering McCormick Professor
Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University

Jerry L. Sloan
Professor Emeritus
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Ohio University

Barbara S. Reed
Department of Journalism & Media Studies
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Jonathan Weiner
Professor
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Gabriel Schoenfeld
Senior Editor, Commentary

Judith Crist
Adjunct Professor of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Christopher Simpson
Professor, School of Communication
American University

Robert Trager
Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Colorado at Boulder

James W. Carey
CBS Professor of International Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Ellen Willis
Department of Journalism
New York University

Walter M. Brasch
Professor of Journalism
Bloomsburg University

LynNell Hancock
Associate Professor of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Abe Peck
Sills Professor, Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University

Jo-Ann Huff Albers
Professor, School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Western Kentucky University

Patrick Young
freelance writer; former editor, Science News magazine

Bella Mody
The deCastro Professor of Global Media
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Colorado

Sharon Kornely
Senior Lecturer, Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University

Joseph Bernt
Professor of Journalism
Associate Director of Graduate Studies & Research
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
Ohio University

Terence O'Rourke, J.D.
International Law Adjunct Professor
University of St. Thomas

Michael Kraft
Consultant and former correspondent, Reuters and United Press International

Patrick Young
freelance writer; former editor, Science News magazine

Kathleen Bartzen Culver
Faculty Associate, School of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bill Huntzicker
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
St. Cloud State University

Terence O'Rourke, J.D.
International Law Adjunct Professor
University of St. Thomas

Michael Kraft
Consultant and former correspondent, Reuters and United Press International

Tom Linden
Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor o
f Medical Journalism
School of Journalism and Mass Communic
ation
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aaron Klein
Cohost, The John Batchelor Show - ABC Radio
Jerusalem bureau chief, WorldNetDaily.com

Judith Matloff
Adjunct Professor of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

David Standish
Lecturer, Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University

Ron Rosenbaum
columnist, New York Observer; author of Explaining Hitler

Bill Israel
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jack McLeod
Maier-Bascom Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Blum
Adjunct Professor of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Printer Bowler
Adjunct Professor
, School of Journalism
University of Montana

Gwenda Blair
Adjunct Professor of Journalism
Columbia  University Graduate School of Journalism

Julie Hartenstein
Deputy Director of Career Services
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Lloyd Schwartz
Classical Music Editor, The Boston Phoenix

Debbie Schlussel
Syndicated columnist

William S. Bingham
former reporter, Capital Cities Communications
and WCNI - New London, CT

Jonathan Stern
Publisher, Decision Health

Mrs. Ruth Lichtenstein
Publisher, Hamodia

Benyamin Korn
former executive editor, Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
Associate Director, The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

(Publications and institutions listed for identification purposes only.)