Daughters of the American Revolution

As reported in the New York Times on March 28, 1954 (“D.A.R. Joins Critics of ‘Kosher’ Speech”), a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution made a speech at their spring conference in Trenton, NJ, addressing the controversial aspects of kosher-certification proliferation.  “In her talk, Mrs. Strack said ‘clandestine’ Kosher markings on canned goods symbolize ‘how a bold minority can impose its will and even its religious observances upon an apathetic majority’.”  In response from D.A.R.’s leadership, seven of nine of their top managers accused the regent of that branch for “disregarding ‘the best interests of the society’” in allowing the member to speak on such issues. The article further stated that the speaker, Mrs. Henry D. Strack, “also criticized the state Congress of Industrial Organizations, The Newark Evening News, a movie called ‘The Brotherhood of Man’, and the ‘Studio One’ C.B.S. television program.”  In the immediate timeframe after the speech was given, Mrs. Strack was “showered with letters of protest…some of these letters were ‘obsene’ and ‘filthy’” to the point that she handed them over to the F.B.I. for investigation.

Today, with about 1.5 million kosher-certified products, it is nearly impossible to avoid kosher seals. Marian Strack was a forward-looking, sagacious individual…and a staunch anti-communist! If only her peers could see what has become of this religious tax-free industry today! But honestly, most Americans don’t see that their dish soap, detergents, foil, food storage bags, and grease-fighting cleaners are kosher certified. It’s all just part of The Kosher Question.

DAR member Marian Strack confronts ubiquitous kosher certification
(credit: The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 3/29/1954, p. 19)
Credit: The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, 3/26/1954
Credit: Asbury Park Press, May 4, 1954
Asbury Park Press, 3/21/1954
Mentioned in the articles as “Mrs. Henry D. Strack”

According to their web page, “Daughters [of the American Revolution] are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children, as well as honoring and supporting those who serve our nation.” (http://www.dar.org/).  After following up with the D.A.R. ‘s archival branch of their association’s history, Koschertified? found that there no longer are any details or addendums available to this story.

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