Louis Marshall Makes Public Ford’s Letter to German Jew-Baiter
The distribution of Henry Ford’s book, “The International Jew” was definitely ordered stopped in Europe by Henry Ford in a letter addressed to Theodore Fritsch, leader of the German anti-Semites, translator of the book into German and owner of the Hammer Verlag which published the translation. Up to now Fritsch and other anti-Semitic agitators in Europe denied the authenticity of Ford’s signature to his retraction of his anti-Jewish campaign and withdrawal of the book. The letter dated Nov. 1 was made public by Louis Marshall, president of the American Jewish Committee at the Committee’s annual meeting on Sunday.
Mr. Ford’s letter follows:
“On June 30, 1927, I issued a statement regarding articles concerning the Jews which had appeared in the Dearborn Independent and some of which had been reprinted in pamphlet form under the title ‘The International Jew.’ Being satisfied that these publications were unwarranted and that consequently it was my duty as an honorable man to retract the charges against the Jews contained in these publications and to withdraw the publications from circulation, I gave this statement the fullest publicity, and took it for granted that my wish in this regard would be scrupulously observed, I am enclosing a correct and authorized copy of that statement. All of the copies of ‘The International Jew’ in the possession or under the control of the Dearborn Publishing Company have been destroyed at my instance.
“I am informed through the public prints that you are still publishing and circulating these pamphlets in various European countries in a number of languages, using my name in connection therewith and asserting that the publication rights thereof have not been withdrawn.
“In order that there may be no misunderstanding as to my wishes in this regard, you are accordingly notified that whatever rights you have or claim to have to publish ‘The International Jew’ anywhere or in any language whatsoever, are hereby revoked and terminated, and that the publication, sale or other distribution of ‘The International Jew’ and the use of the name of Henry Ford or of the Dearborn Publishing Company in connection therewith, by you or by any person or corporation claiming under you or acting by your authority as agent, licensee or otherwise, are hereby forbidden.
“In acknowledging this letter will you kindly inform me of your assurance that you will in all respects acquiesce in this demand.
Yours truly, Henry Ford “Dearborn, Mich., Nov. 1, 1927.”