|Title||Philip Slomovitz Papers|
|Collection||Philip Slomovitz Papers|
|Scope & Content||
*This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.
Although legally blind for most of his life, Slomovitz typed his own material until 1991. He relied on his memory and his nine file cabinets of clippings, articles, personal correspondence, and background information to tie current events to previous episodes in Jewish history. In 1992, he donated the contents of these file cabinets to the newly-created Jewish Community Archives.
The Philip Slomovitz papers were arranged and described by
the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan under the supervision of Judith Levin Cantor.
Philip Slomovitz, called the dean of Jewish-American journalists, was born in Russia in 1897 and emigrated to the United States in 1910, settling in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began his career in journalism as an apprentice at the University of Michigan's Michigan Daily, where he later served as night editor. During his early career, he worked on the copy desk and as a reporter for The Detroit News and as an editor of the Jewish Pictorial. He
also worked for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news service and was editor and columnist for the Jewish Chronicle.
In 1942, he founded The Jewish News, which absorbed the Chronicle. For almost fifty years, until the sale of The Jewish News in 1984, Slomovitz used the paper as a vehicle to champion Jewish causes as well as promote amity among diverse peoples. He lived through and reported upon many history-making events, including Henry Ford's anti-Semitism, broadcast propaganda and Vatican silencing of Royal Oak radio priest, Father Coughlin, the founding of the United Nations, birth of the state of Israel, and the trial of Adolph Eichmann, Hitler's director of the "final solution."
Mr. Slomovitz was a founder of the Detroit Roundtable of Christians and Jews. He was a strong supporter of the Jewish Red Cross and served as president of the local branch of the Jewish National Fund, the American Jewish Press Association, the Zionist Organization of Detroit, and the Detroit chapter of the American Jewish Congress. He also served on the
board of the United Hebrew Schools.
He was the author of two books, Without Malice and Purely Commentary: Philip Slomovitz's 60 Years as a Newspaperman. His editorials and columns sometimes made national news. He was the recipient of numerous honors.
|Extent of Description||76.5 linear feet (153 MB)|
|Credit line||Philip Slomovitz Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives|
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