The government in Poland was charged with evincing little real anxiety to find a solution of the difficulties of the Jews, while the Jews of America were called upon to save Polish Jewry from disaster by Emil Lengyel, publicist, in an address delivered on Sunday at a meeting of the National Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress.
Mr. Lengyel has recently returned from a tour of Poland. In his judgment, Mr. Lengyel said that “under the present circumstances the Jews in Poland are quite helpless and their situation quite hopeless. The various fact-finding commissions of the Pilsudski government are not very anxious to find any real solution to the difficulties of the Jews. The Jews of Poland are too tired, too lethargic, too apathetic, to do anything. I am firmly convinced that it is the duty of the Jews in America, even though I am quite conscious of the difficulties with which we are confronted here, to help the Polish Jews if they are to be at all saved from disaster.”
Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, chairman of the Executive, presided. The meeting heard reports and statements relating to the various phases of the work of the congress from Dr. Stephen S. Wise, honorary president; Bernard S. Deutsch, president; Dr. Mordecai M. Soltes and Dr. Aaron Brown, chairman and cochairman of the Committee on Problems in Colleges and Professional Schools; Nathan D. Perlman, chairman of the Administrative Committee; Abraham Goldberg; Z. Tygel, executive director of the Federation of Polish Jews in America; Leo Wolfson, honorary president of the United Roumanian Jews of America; Dr. Trude Rosmarin; Dr. Chaim Zhitlowsky, Professor Horace M. Kallen, Rabbi B. Leon Hurwitz, Louis Lutzky, Charles A. Cowen, Jacob
I. Zinaman, Harry Edlin, and Louis Flack.
Mr. Deutsch appealed to members of the Executive to rally the masses to form a united and strengthened Jewish front under the Congress banner.
Dr. Soltes announced the organization of a Bureau of Information for Jewish applicants for admission into professional schools and colleges.
Dr. Wise told of the correspondence between the American Jewish Congress and Secretary of State Stimson with regard to the anti-Jewish riots in Vienna University and the service rendered in this connection by Judge Julian W. Mack.
Mr. Tygel described the mounting distress among Polish Jews. Mr. Wolfson expressed the belief that Roumanian Jewry will be represented at the world Jewish conference.
Dr. Rosmarin presented a report on a survey of the anti-anti-Semitic literature she has completed for the American Jewish Congress. She stated that the latest German defense literature against anti-Semitism was characterized by a high standard of objective scholarship in marked contrast to the anti-Semitic literature.
Mr. Goldberg described the attitude of the Yiddish and anglo-Jewish press to the world Jewish Congress.
The entire Yiddish press, with very rare exceptions, is now taking the world Jewish Congress for granted and is looking forward to the participation of masses of American Jews in the election of delegates, Mr. Goldberg stated.