Polish Foreign Minister Sees Difficulties in National Home Idea
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Polish Foreign Minister Sees Difficulties in National Home Idea

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The rebuilding of Palestine as the Jewish National Home encounters not only financial and political difficulties out also philosophic obstacles.

This opinion was expressed by the Polish Foreign Minister, Zaleski, in a press interview given in connection with the arrival of Sir Wyndam Deedes, former civil secretary of the Palestine government, who is in this country in the interests of the Keren Hayesod. Sir Wyndam was honored by Polish government officials on his arrival here.

The Jewish people are faced with a difficult task which is not only of a practical, but also of a theoretical nature. Palestine does not give the Jews the opportunity to create a fatherland for the entire nation. The Jews must therefore find such a philosophic conception which would enable them to combine the idea of loyalty to their own country, Palestine, with the idea of the same loyalty to the country where they are domiciled Minister Zaleski declared.

Sir Wyndam Deedes visited the farm in the vicinity of Warsaw where the chalutzim are being trained for agricultural work in Palestine. He also visited the Hebrew Tarbuth schools and the Maccabee sport society, of which he was made an honorary member. Sir Wyndam was greeted on his arrival in Lemberg by the British consul and representatives of Jewish organizations. A mass meeting took place in the Palace theatre in the evening and a reception was given by Dr. Leon Reich, at which government representatives were present.

Adolph and Joseph Deutsch have announced that they have acquired an eight-year least on ten square blocks of vacant land, owned by the New York Central, near Southern Roulevard at 14nd Street, the Bronx, and would offer it to the government shortly for use as an airport for mail and possibly passenger service for New York City. The lease for the land will approximate $30,000 a year and total $2,400,000.


{NOTE}nted growth in recent years of publicity activities in Jewish organizations and by Jewish individuals is deplored in the “Day,” in an article from the pen of Dr. K. Fornberg. Dr. Fornberg, writing under the caption, “Publicity–A Disease,” comments on the assertion made in the “American Mercury,” by Stanley Walker, night city editor of the “Heraid Tribune,” that “of all the sects in New York that bat and sweat for publicity the Jews are the most insatiable,” flooding the newspaper editors’ desks with more publicity matter than any other group.{/NOTE}

Referring to various religious, social and philanthropic Jewish organizations which maintain publicity agents and where, according to him, the work is frequently duplicated, Dr. Fornberg says:

“The harm which this publicity disease causes to our good name, and even the resulting dullening of interest in Jewish news among the editors of the general press, is small compared to the great moral and spiritual injury which this causes in the inner communal life of the Jews. Have you ever stopped to consider the remarkable phenomenon, that precisely in our day of the greatest publicity in Jewish social life, when all the horde of publicity agents are constantly trumpeting forth and exaggerating and coloring the deeds of every ‘communal worker’, that precisely in this day no great leaders are rising up?

“Is this too free use of publicity a result of the cramping and ignoring of real leader-types among us, or is it one of the causes of this indubitable phenomenon? This we shall not undertake to answer. Most likely, it is a mutual process: the lighter the inner hallast the easier to rise into the air,to the ‘street.’ And, moreover, the more popular the communal work is made through artificial publicity, the easier for elements of the second and third category to be attracted to it.But one thing is certain: it is a morbid and injurious phenomenon and it is certainly deplorable to see that things have reached a point where the non-Jews have begun to protest. Something must be done about it.

“There is much talk lately about centralization and coordination of our community efforts. Indeed the time has arrived for restricting and centralizing publicity too. A dam must be erected against the Jewish-communal publicity flood,” Dr. Fornberg urges.

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