ECAJExecutive Council of Australian Jewry (Australia)
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The ECAJ's campaign also commenced in the late 1940s and continued post-1951, petering out post-1952/53.
Goldbloom stated that he was called to the meeting by ECAJ president Einfeld (a position Einfeld assumed in 1953).
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.
From early in 1973, ECAJ leaders sought to speak to Whitlam about what they perceived as a significant change of government policy, but without success.
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.
According to Goldbloom, the ECAJ president reported that Holt had warned community leaders to call off the campaign or "the Australian government would block the transfer of any funds raised in the Australian Jewish community" to support Israel.
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.
The chairman was future ECAJ president and Labor politician Sydney Einfeld (Hebrew Standard of Australasia, 14 September, 1951).
Fraser was a strong supporter of the ECAJ, working closely with its leaders (Rutland 1997:40).