Cincinnati (Jun. 9)
B’nai Brith is seeking a million signatures to a petition asking President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue an official protest for the American people against the despicable acts of the German government in its present campaign of annihilation of all Jews in Germany.
Ten of thousands of B’nai Brith members from Maine to California are circulating copies of these petitions, Alfred M. Cohen, president of the order, stated today. Signatures of both Jews and non-Jews are being sought for the petition, which calls upon President Roosevelt to “add the voice of our nation to that of the peoples of the world who love justice and liberty.”
“Peaceful and law-abiding citizens, resident in the land for over a thousand years, loyal in time of peace and of war, the Jews in Germany have none the less had to endure the atrocious attack of unofficial troops maintained by the Nazi government, and to find every avenue of social, professional, and occupational opportunity closed against them,” the petition declares.
“The declared purpose of these repressive measures is to drive Jews out of the cultural and economic life of Germany, in strict conformity with the principle enunciated by Hitler as early as February 25, 1920: ‘No Jew may be a member of our people’.”
The petition points out that many precedents exist in American history for protest upon the part of the United States against such a