Judge Urges Movement to Memorialize Congress on Excesses in Roumania

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The keynote of what is forecast as a nation-wide movement to memorialize Congress and President Coolidge to act to stop the persecution of Jews in Roumania, was given today by Superior Court Judge Joseph B. David, in an address at the Covenant Club.

Addressing a large audience on why be refused to meet the Queen of Roumania on her recent visit in Chicago, the jurist declared: “Now is the time for Jewish manhood to assert itself and to insist on the right to be regarded as free men. Jews must unite to procure human liberty. They must reach Congress and the nation’s Chief Executive and demand that persecution because of race or religious creed cease.

“That,” he said, “is the mission of the Jew, the preaching of the gospel of the fatherhood of God and the Brother hood of man.

“I am not here,” Judge David said “to criticize any group of our people who in good faith, but misguided, staged a comedy at the Roumanian synagogue. It was an unfortunate affair and no credit to the Jews.

“In the twentieth century a crucial moment has arisen. Roumania today is the plague spot of Europe. It stands disgraced before the world, it denies equal protection under the law, it discriminates, and Jews are not the only ones to suffer. Roumania is no longer regarded as a civilized country. Two hundred thousand American Jewish boys served in the war and in the name of the dead, the Jews here and in other lands have the right to demand that Roumania cease persecution of small groups simply because they arc defenceless.”

William E. Wiener, silk manufacturer of New York and Lyons, was the recipient from the French Government of the Cross of the Legion of Honor, presented by Yves Le Treequer for his services to French and American commercial art.

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