ECAJExecutive Council of Australian Jewry (Australia)
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The precise date of the meeting does not alter the pertinent facts: Holt threatened the community in the early 1950s; the ECAJ then abandoned its anti-Nazi campaign; it did not resume until the mid-1980s.
Veteran ECAJ leader and Labor politician, Sydney Einfeld, also expressed his concerns in a telegram of protest to Whitlam.
The ECAJ Annual Conference of March 1974 passed a resolution condemning the ongoing terrorism since the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre and this was forwarded to Whitlam after the Ma'alot tragedy.
Faced with a fait accompli, the Jewish leadership decided that the best way to deal with the visit was a low-keyed approach, although President of the ECAJ, Nathan Jacobson, did write a strong letter of protest.
It is a highly unusual thesis, combining historical research with an invaluable firsthand account of Caplan's own seminal role as ECAJ president in 1986 in successfully campaigning for an official inquiry into the presence of Nazis in Australia.
In early 1986 Caplan and ECAJ Executive Director Jeremy Jones were in Jerusalem at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress.
It was unanimously agreed that the ECAJ would as a matter of priority lobby the Australian government to undertake an inquiry along the lines of the Deschenes commission.
So effectively had this scandalous episode in Australian history been buried that not even the most senior leaders of the Jewish community understood the enormity of their decision: after 35 years the ECAJ was re-embarking on the course of action which their predecessors had been prevented from pursuing while being blackmailed by a senior federal minister and future prime minister.
As Caplan records, the ECAJ launched its lobbying campaign in ignorance of my impending broadcasts.
As Caplan notes, media reports in late February 1986 of his public statements had alerted me that the ECAJ had changed its longstanding policy.
Aarons would later say that Hawke established the inquiry "because the ECAJ had asked him to do so" (Caplan 2012: 82).
The main thrust of Caplan's monograph is that the ECAJ and I were jointly responsible for the creation of Andrew Menzies's inquiry into Nazi war criminals.