Emil Ludwig publishes an article in a new Jewish monthly, “La Revue Juive de Geneve,” the first issue of which has just appeared here, under the editorship of the French Jewish writer, M. Joshua Jehouda.
The monthly, according to the editorial introduction, will be an organ for seeking out and synthesizing the modern manifestations of Jewish thought, and at the same time fighting against the moral ostracism to which Jews are subjected everywhere, and of which anti-Semitism is only a coarse and brutal manifestation.
Being both Jewish and universal, it proceeds, the monthly will be intended also for non-Jews, and being issued in Geneva, it will help to enlighten those men and women who are associated with international movements and efforts about Jewish problems. The publication will give space to all currents of Jewish thought and will stand outside all Parties.
M. Andre Spire and Stefan Zweig are among the contributors to the first issue, and messages are printed from the Chief Rabbi of France, M. Israel Levi, M. Justin Godart and M. de Monzie, members of the French Government, M. Edmond Fleg and M. Aime Palliere.
“Not only the politician but also the thinker must come forward and warn the people,” Emil Ludwig writes in his article. “A new Jewish periodical could not appear at a better time. All around us there is danger, and, if ever, the Jews of the world must unite now.
“I say this with the greater earnestness,” he goes on, “because I am new to this movement. Till the age of 40 I hardly knew that I was a Jew. Neither my education nor my training had made me aware that I was one. The murder of Rathenau was the first sign. It was several days after that happened that I left the Christian Church to which I formally belonged and made it public that I recognized myself as a member of a race that was being persecuted more than at any time previously. Little as I have to do with dogmas, much as my heart and spirit are dissociated from both Testaments, I have however, definitely declared myself before the whole world as belonging to the Jewish race.
“That which ten years ago, when Rathenau was murdered, was a warning has today become fulfilment. All the cultural contributions which the Jews have given to German music, literature, theatre, painting, are despised by the mob, which knows neither this nor Germanic art, and this is happening in Germany! The German nation is degrading itself in the eyes of