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Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

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[The purpose of the Digest is informative: Preference is given to papers not generally accessible to our readers. Quotation does not indicate approval.–Editor.]

That the fate of Petlura may serve as a deterrent to the perpetration of pogroms on the part of others who may play roles similar to his, is the opinion of the London “Jewish Chronicle” which remarks, in its May 28 number:

“The Hetman of the Ukraine fell by his own measure. He was responsible for the doing to death of many and many a Jew–many a Jewish woman, many a Jewish child–whom he doomed by methods infinitely more merciless than the comparatively painless one by which he was so ruthlessly despatched. There is no reason in revenge, but sympathy must reasonably be brought into fair relativity to circumstances, and Petlura’s tragic ending does not mitigate in the least the pogrom-cries of the Jews who suffered so bitterly or who are suffering now from this unbridled cruelty. The fate that has overtaken Petlura is but the last of many an example provided of late for the world. And as that truth becomes better realized there will be less disposition on the part of men like Petlura to make of even Jews, the objects of persecution from which in its working every shred of humanity has, with calculated callousness, been beaten out.”


The death of Meyer London, noted Jewish labor and Socialist leader, who was the only Socialist Congressman during the war, is commented on in the press of New York.

The “Forward.” Jewish Socialist daily, declares Meyer London was “one of the most important, popular and beloved personalities in the Socialist movement” and points out: “His death is a particularly great loss to us Jews, his brothers, landsleit and comrades.”

“The Jewish Morning Journal” praises Meyer London’s achievements and states that “his death will be mourned not only by the followers of his party but the public in general.”

The “Telegram” remarks editorially: “His sudden death will be deplored by the great city which was his home, and men who have opposed every move and every principle and tenet for which Meyer London stood will regret his passing.”

“Socialism was not a matter of career, but an ideal with him,” says J. Chaikin in the “Day.”

The “Herald-Tribune” calls London “a good American,” observing: “He derived from America its real meaning. The trade unions and the milder Socialists have good reason to be proud of Mr. London and to mourn his passing.”

The “World” traces Meyer London’s career, which began as a poor boy on the East Side of New York and ended as one of the outstanding Socialist figures in the country. It was “his ceaseless activity, his sympathy, his high ideals” that made him popular and successful as a labor leader, the paper declares.

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