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Adler-wise Groups Break when Deutsch Makes Letters Public

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Action of the American Jewish Congress in making public without permission communications exchanged with the American Jewish Committee in which the latter body sought to dissuade the Congress from proceeding with its plans for a demonstration on May 10 against Nazi treatment of the Jews in Germany, yesterday resulted in a complete break between the two organizations which have been leaders in marshaling American Jewry in the struggle against the degradation of the Jews of Germany, and dealt a terrific blow to American Jewish hopes of achieving a “united front” against Hitlerism.

In a communication to Bernard S. Deutsch, president of the American Jewish Congress, Morris D. Waldman, secretary of the American Jewish Committee, writing for Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the body, pointed out that “this conduct, in his opinion, transcends all the amenities of decent correspondence” and makes further relations between the two organizations impossible.

Mr. Waldman’s letter follows:


I am directed by Dr. Adler to say in reply to your communication of May 4 that since you seem more disposed to attack the American Jewish Committee than to take counsel in behalf of the Jews of Germany, there is no point in continuing the correspondence. This

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