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Was Edison anti-Semitic?

by JERUSALEM (JPS) -- Postal officials were red-faced recently to discover that inventor Thomas Edison, who is to grace an upcoming, The Postal Authority and the Israel Philatelic Service, informed of these claims by the Jerusalem Post, have launched an investi

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Alleging that Edison was anti-Semitic are Stephen Esrati, a philatelic journalist in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Ken Lawrence, a vice-president of the 56,000-member American Philatelic Society, who has researched Nazism and the postal service.

U.S. author Paul Auster, who wrote "The Invention of Solitude," said his father was hired "for a brief moment" as an assistant in Edison's library "only to have the job taken away from him the next day because Edison learned he was a Jew."

Car developer Henry Ford, known for anti-Semitic views, sent Edison a complete set of the notorious anti-Jewish work "The International Jew," author Allan Gould writes.

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