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Shaw Sees Intermarriage As Solution to Jewish Problem

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The conviction that ultimately intermarriage will end the distinction between Jew and Christian was expressed here today by George Bernard Shaw, world famous critic and playwright, in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, his first public expression of his views on the ultimate solution of the Jewish problem.

Mr. Shaw made his statement after a week of observation, among other things, of race matters in Moscow. Having said that much in all seriousness, Mr. Shaw added jestingly that the other prerequisite for the solution of the Jewish question is for the Jews to lose their superiority complex. “The Jews must discontinue believing themselves superior to other races, even if sometimes they have justification for thinking themselves so,” he declared.

Having seen the statement in which Stalin recently declared anti-Semitism to be a remnant of the man-hating customs characteristic of the era of cannibalism and his further statement that under Soviet laws militant anti-Semitism is unishable by death, Mr. Shaw expressed complete approval of Stalin’s characterization of anti-Semitism.

“The Soviet policy toward race discrimination is the only logical policy,” Shaw said. “There is no reason why two people when talking and dealing with one another should be thinking in terms of the race to which each belongs. The normal man ought not to be conscious of such things. If I were running the G. P. U. (Soviet secret police) and I saw two proletarians arguing with one another over questions of race, I would imprison both. It seems to me that the Communist regime in Russia is taking the right approach to the solution of the Jewish question for it not only makes persecution of the Jew criminal but it also makes it possible for the Jew to forget he is a Jew, which is a great attainment.”

It was at this point that Shaw remarked that the Jew was no less a problem to the world than the world was to the Jew. “I have never shared the viewpoint that Jews suffer from an inferiority complex”,” he asserted. “On the contrary, Jews suffer from a superiority complex. This is very detrimental for them and the cause of great annoyance to others. The world has long made peace with the Jews but the Jews won’t make peace with the world.”

As if fearing that his words might be misunderstood, Shaw illustrated his point by reference to his own Irish race. “I understand the Jews better than many others because I am an Irishman and the Irish are even more race proud and arrogant than the Jews,” he declared. “Such arrogance is incongruous in the proletarian world in which we live. In the solution of the Jewish question it must be for the Jews to rid themselves of the feeling of superiority over other nations.”

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