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that one reason for selling the collection was to raise money “to
satisfy our medical expenses” and by noting that Guttmann’s salary
at HUC had been $150.00 a month, the release led the reporters
to ask about the College’s medical insurance program and salary
scale. In fact, HUC’s medical insurance program was well above
average; and its faculty salary schedule, in which Guttmann partic­
ipated equal to others after his first few years at HUC, has been
very highly rated by the American Association of University Pro­
fessors. The starting salary of $150.00 a month, not a marginal
wage for 1940, was standard for the “refugee scholars” that HUC
brought over. Dr. Guttmann himself, in a 1974 interview, reported
that then President Julian Morgenstern had told him that it was a
matter of inviting more European scholars at modest salaries or
fewer at larger salaries. Guttmann agreed completely that more
scholars at smaller salaries was the right way to go.16
GUTTM ANN ’S STATU S
To jump ahead chronologically for a moment, in one of the legal
documents connected with the setdement, the Defendants alleged
that HUC had fired Dr. Guttmann. 17 Blazing newspaper head­
lines followed immediately and the College was once again under
attack. HUC had to inform the press that yes, Professor Gutt­
mann, at age 83, was not invited to teach again in the next academic
year but no, he was not fired. He was and “remains a professor
emeritus with all the privileges of that rank . . . .”18 Continued
teaching is not such a privilege; it is by annual invitation; some pro­
fessors emertd do teach and some do not.
I am describing the attempted vilification of the Hebrew Union
College by allegation, by omission of pertinent facts, by innuendo;
but I have no explanation other than my naive discovery that attor­
16. Alexander Guttmann interviewed by Michael A. Meyer, February 22,
1974.
17.
Memorandum of Defendants . . .in Response to Comments Concerning the
ProposedSettlement
, August 6, 1985, p. 9.
18. Gottschalk, “Guttmann Papers.”