Jacob Fishman, Returned from Europe, Comments on Recent Developments

The opinion that Sholem Schwartzbard will not be acquitted but will not receive a heavy sentence was expressed by Jacob Fishman, managing editor of the Jewish Morning Journal, who arrived on the steamer Mauretania following a several months stay in Europe where he attended the Conference on Jewish Rights and the Zionist Congress in Basle.

“The Ukrainians in France are better organized than the Jewish circles interested in Schwartzbard’s defense. The Ukrainians have recently obtained powerful political support in France. They also receive indirect support from Polish diplomatic circles,” Mr. Fishman stated. The propaganda of the Figaro, owned by the French perfume magnate, Coty, against Schwartzbard was partly counteracted by the publication of a collection of documents concerning the Petlura pogroms. This book was issued by the Schwartzbard Defense Committee.

Concerning the Zionist Congress, Mr. Fishman expressed his satisfaction with the results. The influence of the American delegation at the Congress was no doubt great, but the Americans would have been in a much better position if many of the delegation’s members would have had the endurance to remain until the conclusion of the session. Many of the Americans left the Congress before the vote on the important resolutions was taken, Mr. Fishman said.

Commenting on the Zurich Conference on Jewish Rights, Mr. Fishman stated that the success of the proposed Council is entirely dependent upon the work of the American Jewish Congress during the next year. “If the American Jewish Congress will receive greater support and will pursue a stable policy, the Geneva Council on Jewish Rights will be firmly established,” he said.

A considerable improvement is observable in the economic position of the Jews in Germany, Mr. Fishman said. “As I am informed, there are in Germany many Jewish business men who enjoy prosperity which does not appear less when judged by American standards,” he said.

The United Palestine Appear campaign will be launched in several Southern cities during the High Holidays. Appeals will be made in Bainbridge. Ga. where M. H. Nussbaum is chairman of the drive. In Valdosta, Ga. A. Pearlman is chairman. J. Herzfeld will direct the drive in Westport, Ga.

In Thomasville, Georgia, Harry S. Feinberg is chairman: Gainesville, Florida. H. Leibowitz, chairman. Drives will also be conducted in Palatka, Florida, and in the following Alabama cities: Anniston. Godsdon. Huntsville, Florence, Decatur, and Tuscaloosa.

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