To informers, to men of science and of thought such as he whom we honor here tonight, to those who have organized this banquet and to those who have joined them, the French Government and myself send a cordial message.
All men who love and wish to see a country, a spiritual tradition, a common cause, live and endure, must find in the object which you serve an encouraging example and one worthy of respect.
Throughout the millenium, the individuals who were able to be faithful to the fatherland which existed for them only in the depths of their hearts, have proven that these souls collectively can be immortal and are worthy that our highest human endeavor should be given them.
Reunions such as yours, which assemble the masters of the most modern discoveries in knowledge and technique, are proof that a persistent and audacious youth can serve and strive with the age-old tradition.
France today is the same country which was the first in Europe to render individual and civic rights to the Jews on her territory, the same which fifteen and a half years ago was one of the first to associate herself with the Balfour Declaration, that splendid act of collective freedom for the Jews.
The loyalty, the devotion of the Jews of France have shown that this act of justice was an act of wisdom.
It is in this communion of spirit and of intention that we send you our greeting tonight.
DR. JOSEF VESZI, EDITOR, “PESTER LLOYD”, BUDAPEST
As an old journalist I know how difficult it is in political matters to separate truth from fiction. As a Jew I painfully feel how much more difficult the task is to break the power of dark hatred and pernicious prejudice fed by falsehood.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has proven, in this fight for truth, to be an effective weapon. By its excellent news net-work it is in a position to inform the public of the world about the strivings of Jewry in every part of the globe with objective consciousness, and to tell the Jews about the sufferings and persecutions to which their brethren are exposed from time to time in various places. It is a battle on two fronts which the J.T.A. constantly wages: One the one front it fights, by spreading the truth and combating the malicious slanders which are disseminated against the Jews. On the other front it keeps alive in Jewish souls the feeling of solidarity which is destined to awaken the compassion of Jews for the difficult lot of their persecuted brethren.
By its indefatigable pioneer work the J. T. A. renders a permanent service toward the victory of truth and justice, and is thus a priceless benefit to all of mankind, and at the same time to the Jewish cause.
ARNOLD ZWEIG, BERLIN
At a time when the great parties in Europe direct their politics against the Jews, and fling at the world the most terrible exaggerations of our shortcomings, a news agency like the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is more indispensable than ever. By spreading nothing but the truth and speedily correcting all errors committed, it serves the Jewish people and all spiritual and progressive human beings on this earth. For despite our great misery, the achievements of the Jewish people can stand truthful reporting. And even if we were not better than any other human group in these days, we are not less worth, in any event, not less worthy.
With sincere wishes for your further success.
A. J. FREIMAN, PRESIDENT, ZIONIST FEDERATION OF CANADA
Permit me to extend greetings and best wishes on the occasion of your celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
It is human nature to take the good things that we possess for granted. The same is true with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Little do we realize the important part it plays in consolidating Jewry the world over, and at the same time bringing a better understanding to the non-Jewish world of Jewish problems.
OSCAR WASSERMAN, DIRECTOR, DEUTSCHE BANK, BERLIN
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has succeeded in the 15 years of its existence, in developing into a link of Jewry. It spreads not only knowledge of all important events concerning Jewry but promotes also mutual understanding, and this strengthens Jewish cohesion. For the contiuance of its successful work I heartily wish the J.T.A. good fortune and success, and I send the J.T.A. and to those gathered at the festival my heartiest greetings.
JUSTIZRAT DR. BRODNITZ, CENTRAL UNION GERMAN CITIZENS OF THE JEWISH FAITH
The Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith congratulates the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on establishing the support which it receives in its aims to safeguard the German prestige abroad from harm by objective reporting and correcting sensational false reports.
NEVILLE LASKI, PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWS
I regret that obvious difficulties of time and space prevent me from attending your 15th Anniversary Dinner. I regard your daily news service not only as valuable, but indispensable. Its impartiality of tone, sense of proportion and high journalistic standard make it an achievement of which the Jewish Community can be proud.
SIR LEONARD COHEN, PRESIDENT OF I. C A.
I welcome the opportunity afforded by fifteen years of very successful work by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, of tendering you my congratulations on what is has accomplished.
The Agency has spread the knowledge of Jewish affairs throughout the world with reliability, and an impartiality universally recognized.
It is well that the dangers to which Jews are exposed in many countries, both politically and economically, should be widely known; in circulating the information which it collects, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has earned the gratitude of Jewry, and I wish it continued success in the conduct of its indispensable functions.
LEONARD G. MONTEFIORE, PRESIDENT ANGLO-JEWISH ASSOCIATION
In common with everyone who is concerned with Jewish affairs in foreign countries, I find the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a very valuable source of information.
STEFAN ZWEIG, NOTED GERMAN AUTHOR, SALZBURG
Most heartily would I transmit in your festival hour my felicitations and our common thanks ! Everything that nourishes the spirit of solidarity of Jewry, that increases a knowledge of ourselves and our problems, is today more necessary than ever. For these living signs of Jewry you have done more than heavy encyclopedias and books by your constant and just activity. Once more, thanks for this and your new indefatigability.
MRS. SAMUEL W. HALPRIN, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, HADASSAH
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has been instrumental in bringing Jewry the world over closer by presenting a clear authentic picture of the status of the Jew throughout the world. German Jewry in despair, Polish Jewry fighting for its very existence, Palestine Jewry bringing hope, all are presented through the pages of the Jewish Daily Bulletin.
Hadassah congratulates you on the occasion of your fifteenth birthday; expresses its appreciation of the very real service you have rendered the Jewish people in the past and wishes you increased opportunity for continued service in the future.
NATHAN RATNOFF, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN JEWISH PHYSICIANS’ COMMITTEE
May I extend my greetings to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has always been an invaluable aid in keeping those of us who are interested in Jewish affairs the world over thoroughly posted.