A special joint meeting of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee and the representatives of the B’nai B’rith, presided over by Dr. Cyrus Adler, was held on Monday evening in order to discuss ways and means of dealing with the situation of the Jews in Germany.
There were present, on behalf of the American Jewish Committee, Dr. Cyrus Adler, President; David M. Bressler, H. Ittleson, Max J. Kohler, James Marshall, James N. Rosenberg, Morris D. Waldman, Secretary; and H. Schnciderman, Assistant Secretary. The B’nai B’rith was represented by Max J. Kohler, and Dr. I. M. Rubinow, its National Secretary.
An authorized statement issued after the meeting and signed by Dr. Cyrus Adler and Alfred M. Cohen, President of the B’nai B’rith, discloses that the American Jewish Committee and the B’nai B’rith have for months past addressed themselves actively to the serious problems which have now reached a crisis in Germany, and that they have requested the American Government to make proper representations to the Government in Germany.
Dealing with the events of the past few weeks, the statement expresses the horror of the American Jewish Committee and the B’nai B’rith at the anti-Jewish action in Germany, which is “denying the German Jews fundamental rights of every human being in a spirit contrary to the traditions of American freedom of conscience, religion, and liberty.” It goes on to say that conditions in Germany “have filled with indignation, not only American Jews, but also Americans of every other faith.”
Turning to the indignities and the dangerous propaganda to which the Jews in Germany are being subjected, the statement declares in no uncertain language, “The conscience of the civilized world is aroused against this reversion to medieval barbarism. The pseudo-scientific race theories offered in support of this propaganda are a profound insult and an offense to the entire Jewish people of the world. The Jews of America cannot find language adequate to express their resentment and sense of outrage against this baseless and uncalled-for attack.”
“We confidently hope,” continues the statement, “that the enlightened opinion of the German people will be made aware of the gross injustice of these anti-Jewish actions, and that they