Severe criticism is levelled against David A. Brown for his statement that no specific misery exists among the Polish Jewish masses in articles appearing in the Polish and American Jewish Press.
Issue with this declaration, which was made by Mr. Brown in an interview with a representative of the Polish Telegraphic Agency during a recent visit to Warsaw, is taken by such papers as the “Hajnt” of Warsaw, “Unser Express” of Warsaw and by the New York Jewish “Day”.
The “Hajnt” wrote:
“The American ‘delegate’, Mr. Brown, stated in an interview with the Pat (Polish Telegraphic Agency) that while in Poland he saw not the slightest difference in the attitude toward Jew and non-Jew and also no specific Jewish misery.
“When Mr. Brown approached the wicket in the railway station to buy a first class ticket, no difficulties were imposed in his way and they sold a ticket to him as to all other non-Jewish passengers. A seat in the parlor car, with soft Polish cushions was assigned him just as to other non-Jewish passengers. In the diner car, the waiters bowed to him politely and served him with the best and finest.
“The same was true in the Hotel Bristol. He was assigned the handsomest room and the hotel staff was prepared to fulfill his every wish.
“Then Mr. Brown went out for a walk through the Jewish streets to see how Jews live.
“It was an ordinary Wednesday and on Nolevskis, he saw Jews parading with canes in a semi-holiday spirit. In Krashinski’s Garden the benches were crowded with elderly Jews and youths discussing politics, the legendary Red Jews â€” and the stratosphere.
“‘Ah… the Jews here live not so badly’, said Mr. Brown to himself, â€” ‘the non-Jews labor, sweat, drive the trolleys, toil whole days in stifling, crowded offices in government posts; ruin their eyes and acquire hunched backs â€” while the Jews parade with canes and carry on political discussions in the parks’.
“Mr. Brown proceeds, he sees non-Jewish mail carriers loaded with heavy packs of mail, executives with heavy portfolios, everyone is rushing, perspiring, pursuing â€” and the Jews repose themselves in Krashinski’s gardens.
“Ha, Ha, â€” Mr. Brown smiles to the children â€” it’s pretty good to be out in the open, isn’t it? And to himself he says: ‘Not a bad idea on the part of the Jews to take a ‘week-end’ in the middle of the week. But why didn’t they at the same time think of going out into the country with a camp cot and a ‘spirit machine’ for a fire, spending the week-end there?’
“He continues his walk and comes upon a queer spectacle.
“Jews, women old and young are running with baskets of apples, ties, stockings, chocolate, etc., and two men are chasing them.
“Standing thus looking upon the scene, he suddenly notices a group of people. He walks over to them, he sees on the threshold before a door the body of some one who seems to have fainted, a poorly clad woman. People are crowded around her, sprinkling her with water. Someone brings a glass of tea; another hands out several groschen.
“â€” They’re shooting a scene for the movies, thinks Mr. Brown. Well directed, good actors…
“And that is how Mr. Brown saw the life of the Jewish masses in Warsaw and therefore declared in his interview with the representatives of the ‘Pat’ that he saw not the slightest indication of special Jewish misery.”
“Unser Express” wrote:
“Recently an American Jew, David