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The owners drew criticism for the way the paper covered Jewish affairs, particularly the Holocaust.
Critics said the newspaper failed to give adequate coverage to Nazi atrocities committed against Jews, a charge that The Times later owned up to.
In high school he went on a trip to Israel that left him slightly intrigued by his background, Jones and Tifft wrote.
He went to great lengths to avoid having The Times branded a ‘Jewish newspaper.’” As a result, wrote Frankel, Sulzberger’s editorial page “was cool to all measures that might have singled [Jews] out for rescue or even special attention.” Though The Times wasn’t the only paper to provide scant coverage of Nazi persecution of Jews, the fact that it did so had large implications, Alex Jones and Susan Tifft wrote in their 1999 book “The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times.” “Had The Times highlighted Nazi atrocities against Jews, or simply not buried certain stories, the nation might have awakened to the horror far sooner than it did,” Jones and Tifft wrote.
In 1961, Arthur Hays Sulzberger stepped down as publisher, three years after having suffered a stroke, giving the position to his son-in-law Orvil Dryfoos.
“He believed strongly and publicly that Judaism was a religion, not a race or nationality — that Jews should be separate only in the way they worshiped,” Frankel wrote.
“He thought they needed no state or political and social institutions of their own.