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Tributes to Warburg by American and European Statesmen Feature Opening of New York Allied Jewish Cam

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dren’s Fund desires to join in this testimonial by subscribing $50,000 toward the funds now being raised.”


The contribution by the American Relief Administration was one of a large number of contributions of $1,000 and more to the Allied Jewish Campaign totalling $750,000. The signatures of the donors to these subscriptions constituted the second part of a volume presented to Mr. Warburg on behalf of a group of his most active co-workers in the fields of philanthropy.


The first part of the volume, which was presented to Mr. Warburg last night by James N. Rosenberg, contained letters from President Hoover, former President Coolidge, Cardinal Hayes, Dr. Cyrus Adler, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization; Lieut.-Gov. Lehman, Nathan Straus, Owen D. Young and Paul Cravath, attesting their high regard for him personally and for his leadership in Jewish and non-Jewish philanthropy.


Former President Coolidge wrote the following:

My dear Mr. Warburg:

Some of your friends have advised me that they are to pay you some deserved honors on the evening of May 27, 1930, and have invited me to be present. I regret that I am unable to accept the invitation because I should be pleased to make some public declaration of my appreciation of the service you have rendered to your country and of the satisfaction that I feel in seeing some appropriate recognition made of it.

Your work in Finance and Philanthropy with all that these include is recognized in both America and Europe.

I sincerely trust that you will find the evening one of enjoyment for yourself as it will be one of inspiration for all who are able to be present.

With kindest regards, I am

Very truly yours,

Calvin Coolidge.


Following is the tribute to Mr. Warburg from Cardinal Hayes:

“A lively sense of the responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship, a staunch belief in the abiding mercy of God and a deep appreciation of the stewardship of God’s gifts to man, and an intellect gifted with farreaching vision of the needs of the Community together with splendid resourcefulness in marshalling the resources of the community to meet these needs—here is the basis of leadership that will command the respect and affection of all.

Such leadership has Felix M. Warburg given to us, citizens of New York.

P. Card. Hayes,

Archbishop of New York.


The message from Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who is president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, as well as president of the World Zionist Organization, and which he cabled from London for inclusion in the testimonial volume, reads:

“The united strength of the sons of Israel in the great American Republic is mobilizing itself for a notable effort of Jewish service. It is an effort unlike any other ever made for it brings together all sections of American Jewry and it envisages the whole problem of Jewish need. The sacred union of hearts and minds which was established on that memorable Summer day last year in Zurich is flowering into unity of action. At such a moment success or failure depends on the will, on the spirit, on the personality of leaders.

“American Jewry is fortunate in having found a leader worthy of wholehearted support. He is a leader, designated by the conviction, by the devotion, by the affections of a community composed of many elements, but unanimous in its appreciation of devoted service to the cause of our common brotherhood. That service has been given with a whole-heartedness, a sincerity and a concentration not exceeded in our day. It has sprung from devotion to the cause of our people whenever and wherever in need, and it is in intimate association with a humanitarianism and an idealism that have found active and creative expression in many spheres beyond that of Jewry.

“The European section of the Jewish Agency greets Felix Warburg as the acclaimed leader of American Jewry in the great reconstructive effort it has undertaken. May he lead you to victory.

“Chaim Weizmann.”


Referring to Mr. Warburg and the Allied Jewish Campaign, Nathan Straus, venerable philanthropist, wrote in his message:

“Praise, mere words of adulation, would, I am sure, leave him cold. In his long and fruitful career he has acquired a great deal of wisdom, and consequently he will not attach too much value to words that do not result in deeds. But a tribute in the form of a large fund, which is intended to take care of the two noblest tasks confronting American Jewry today is bound to give him, as well as his friends, a great deal of real satisfaction.”


The necessity of rebuilding the economic foundations of East European Jewry and of aiding in the upbuilding of Palestine as a Jewish homeland was mentioned by Lieutenant Governor Lehman in his testimonial letter. “Because of the high purposes of the under taking and with the splendid leadership under which we are working, I am confident that the campaign must and will be a great success from every point of view,” declared the Lieutenant-Governor.

“You, who have done so much for the alleviation of suffering and the reconstruction of lives in Europe; you, who have done so much for the rehabilitation of the Holy Land and have been instrumental in uniting these two efforts, deserve a special word of thanks and acknowledgment upon the occasion of the inauguration of the Allied Jewish Campaign; I give it to you with all my heart,” wrote Dr. Cyrus Adler in his tribute.

Other tributes to Mr. Warburg included in the testimonial book were from Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of Labor John W. Davis, Owen D. Young and Paul Cravath. Secretary Stimson wrote:

“I should be appreciative if you would convey my heartiest greetings to Mr. Warburg and assure him that I am happy to be associated with his friends in paying tribute to him for his truly splendid work in ministering to suffering humanity both at home and abroad.”

“My regard for Mr. Warburg as a man and philanthropist is so great I think this tribute is more than justified,” wrote John W. Davis.


Governor Roosevelt addressed the meeting by telephone from Warm Springs, Ga., and Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur from Washington. Those who addressed the meeting from the platform besides Mr. Rickard and Mr. Rosenberg, who presided, were Mayor Walker, Hon. Joseph M. Proskauer, David M. Bressler, Morris Rothenberg, Mrs. Rebekah Kohut and Judge Otto A. Rosalsky. Dr. David de Sola Pool made the opening prayer, and Rev. Dr. Maurice Harris pronounced the benediction.


A tremendous ovation greeted Mr. Warburg when he rose to accept the testimonial volume from the hands of Mr. Risenberg. After uttering a few words in reply to the tributes paid him personally, Mr. Warburg spoke of the objectives of the campaign, the work of the Joint Distribution Committee and of the Jewish Agency, saying in part:

“Through famine, through the absolute destruction of their villages, through pogroms, through financial collapse, through government collapse, the Joint Distribution Committee has nursed thousands and hundreds of thousands of people back to more or less normalcy. That holds good in Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Galicia, Austria, Roumania, Turkey and Palestine—all together, in forty-two countries. The main work we are doing in most of these countries now is not the handing out of doles, but constructive work such as would be done in this country, through credits from banks and credit institutions. In this country, however, capital is available and most institutions are unprejudiced, so

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