Victory for Religious Tolerance in Georgia

The University of Georgia has named its new Law Building after an illustrious Jew in Atlanta, Harold Hirsch, an Alumnus of the University.

The Harold Hirsch Hall which was dedicated recently is considered the most modern and up-to-date Law Building in the whole South. The honor which Mr. Hirsch received when this building was given his name is indicative that a new era is dawning in Georgia, both from an educational viewpoint and from the standpoint of racial and religious intolerance.

Hughes Spalding, Chairman of the Regents of the University of Georgia, said in a message to Julius W. Freiberg, Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Department of Synagogue and School Extension:

"It is really a wonderful tribute to Harold Hirsch who is, to my mind, the most loyal and generous Alumnus that we have ever had at the University of Georgia, that the Alumni of the University should be able in these times of depression to raise sufficient funds to build this magnificent Temple of Law.

"This speaks well indeed for Georgia, as it has had the reputation of being the cradle of religious and racial bigotry. I think our State’s reputation in this respect is undeserved. All of us are pulling together now. The people of Georgia know and realize that bigotry and intolerance is all wrong and make more of a joke of it than anything else."

In addition to his communal activities, Mr. Hirsch has been a devoted worker in Jewish fields. He is President of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in Atlanta, a member of the Board of Managers of the Department of Synagogue and School Extension, and Chairman of the Southern Conference of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

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