Gorki Protests Against Antisemitism

Maxim Gorki, the great Russian author, publishes an article in the Moscow dailies “Isvestia” and “Pravda” on the present chaos in Europe, in which he refers several times to the position of the Jews, alleging that in the attempt to maintain their place in society the bourgeoisie have started inciting people to massacre Jews. One of the German Nazis, Deputy Berger, speaking in Cologne last month said that when Aitler comes to power, if the French occupy German territory, all the Jews in Germany will be massacred, Gorki writes, and when the Prussian Government stepped in and prohibited Deputy Berger from speaking again in public one of the Hitlerist

papers wrote that Berger had not done anything illegal, because when there was a Hitlerist Government in power the massacre of Jews would be lawful. Gorki warns his readers that this must not be dismissed as idle talk.

Gorki refers also in his article to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by Titus, the greatest error the Roman Empire could have made, he says, because the Jews, being driven out of Jerusalem, spread all over the world, and it was through the communities which they founded that Rome was conquered by Christianity, which was a greater danger to the Roman Empire than the teaching of Marx and Lenin are to the Capitalist States.

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