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Limit Private Needs, but Not Communal Obligations, Prof. Einstein Tells German Jews

Limit your private needs, but do not, because of economic depression, save by neglecting your communal obligations, was the gist of an appeal addressed by Dr. Albert Einstein in an address to a gathering of notable Jewish leaders, arranged by the Hilfsverein Deutscher Juden.

“We Jews,” declared Dr. Einstein, “have always been a threatened minority. Therefore the individual is threatened economically by attempts to crowd him out of his profession, threatened morally because of isolation. Only Jewish solidarity can prevail against this. We require a systematically working organization, as, for example, the Hilfsverein is, occupying a high position of social worth in the past as well as in the present.”

The gathering was presided over by James Simon, president of the Hilfsverein.