Cambridge, Mass. (Aug. 23)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
Dr. Charles W. Eliot, President Emeritus of Harvard University, died yesterday at his Summer home in Northern Harbor, Me. He was 92 years of age. Memorial services will be held here on Wednesday.
An address delivered by Dr. Eliot before the Harvard Zionist Society in December, 1924 caused wide discussion among American Jews.
Dr. Eliot advocated the preservation of Jewish racial characteristics.
“I see with great regret also, perhaps I should not feel regret being myself a Unitarian Christian, that there are great changes coming in many American Jews with regard to the adherence of the children to the faith and the practice of their fathers,” Dr. Eliot declared. “You doubtless have heard a great deal of talk in this country during the last five or six years about the assimilation of races in the United States. The fact is, and it is perfectly plain that there has been no assimilation in the United States and more than that, it isn’t deserving that there should be any assimilation or amalgamation of races in the United States. That isn’t what we need, that isn’t for our best advantage in this country. What we want is numerous races with various history, with various gifts, with various abilities, living side by side in concord, not in discord, and each contributing its own peculiar quality to the mixed population,” he stated.
Two hundred and sixty books were presented to the Jewish National and University Library, Palestine, through Dr. L. A. Falk, Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of Sydney. Practically all the books deal with music, among them being a fine collection of Wagneriana. This library previously belonged to a Wegnerian scholar, David Irvine, and many of the books contain his notes.