London (May. 22)
A thorough investigation of the position of the Jews of Germany is urged editorially by the Manchester Guardian today, vigorously rejecting the argument of non-interference in the internal affairs of Germany.
The doctrine of non-interference is incompatible with every principle on which the League of Nations was founded, the Guardian stresses. “Indeed,” it warns,” if persecution of the German Jews continues, noninterference will become impossible.”
In reply to questions as to what action the League can take, the newspaper points out:
“Firstly: Offer the Jews of Upper Silesia protection in accordance with the convention.
“Secondly: It is conceivable that the League of Nations become the patron of a scheme for Jewish emigration from Germany.
“Thirdly: Under Articles four and eleven of the convention, any member of the League might draw attention to circumstances endangering the peace. With the persecution of the Jews, the Hitlerites have thrown Germany into unprecedented isolation and one of the great powers, preferably England, might take advantage of the convention safeguards, in which case the whole body of evidence against Germany would be submitted to the League without German evasions such as are practiced at present. Germany would have to defend herself where she has no defense and excuse the inexcusable. Germany is already isolated, but even greater isolation will follow. Such an arraignment would be, at least, a beginning,” the Guardian concludes.
UNTERMYER TO PRESENT CASE
Samuel Untermyer has conditionally accepted the request of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, made Sunday at the organization’s thirty-eighth annual memorial services at Temple Beth-El, to present to the League of Nations and the forthcoming World Economic Conference the charges of anti-Semitism in Germany.
The request was made in the form of a resolution urging Mr. Untermyer to present “the facts establishing the violation by the present government of Germany of the Covenant for protection of the rights of minorities” in the Versailles treaty. A cablegram was dispatched to Geneva informing League authorities of the desire of the veterans to be represented.
Mr. Untermyer said he would go to Geneva if the non-Jewish veterans of the United States joined in the request. The Jewish veterans, J. George Fredman, their commander, declared, would seek this action by the non-Jewish veterans groups at once. Representatives of these bodies at the services Sunday endorsed the resolutions and promised their support.
Several thousand veterans attended the services which followed a parade. Speakers at the services included Mr. Untermyer, Mayor O’Brien, Rabbi Edward Lissman, chaplain of the fire department; Col. Maurice Simmons, past commander-in-chief of the Spanish War Veterans; Hon. W. W. Cohen, and Commander Fredman.