Dr. Coralnik Scores Choosing of Ten Greatest Americans
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Dr. Coralnik Scores Choosing of Ten Greatest Americans

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The hackneyed practice of choosing the ten greatest American leaders, and in particular the list of ten greatest American Jewish leaders chosen through a recent canvass of newspaper editors in thirty-five leading communities by a syndicate, is ridiculed by Dr. A. Coralnik, writing in the “Day.”

After discussing a number of the more usual and obvious names whose claims had been advanced, he proceeds to deal in great detail with the claim made, as a result of the questionnaire, for Walter Lippman.

Dr. Coralnick asks, “What are such nullities for Walter Lippman as Judaism, Jewish history and Jewish dreams? I am not speaking of the fact that Mr. Lippmann has never designed to acknowledge so much as the existence of those creatures who answer to the name of Jews. Pogroms occurred. Lippman did not notice them. There were Jewish joys. Lippman did not feel them. Possibly on the high peaks of the Herald Tribune, one does not breathe air of ordinary mortals and particularly of Jewish life.

“We search in vain for such names

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