Hitler Warned Persecution of the Jews is Alienating English-german Friendship
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Hitler Warned Persecution of the Jews is Alienating English-german Friendship

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The wave of protest against persecution of the Jews in Germany by the Hitler regime culminated last night in a deeply impressive non-Jewish mass-meeting in Queens Hall where three thousand people gathered to hear distinguished leaders in all walks of British life denounce the discrimination and brutality practiced against the Jews in Germany.

In one of the most striking demonstrations against intolerance since the protest here thirty years ago against the Czarist pogroms of the Jews in Russia, representative British leaders warned Adolf Hitler that his program of persecution and discrimination was alienating British friendship from Germany.


Lord Buckmaster, Chancellor of England from May, 1915 to December, 1916, presided at the meeting. The Archbishop of Canterbury presented the resolution of protest which was adopted by the meeting. The resolution was seconded by the Rev. Dr. J. Scott Lidgett, vice-chancellor of the University of London and a Free Church spokesman, and by the Earl of Iddesleigh, a Catholic.

Lord Reading was the only Jewish speaker of the evening and he offered thanks on behalf of the Jewish community.

In the assembly were over sixty members of both houses of Parliament, members of the peerage, scholars, statesmen and church dignitaries.

The Archbishop of Canterbury was the principal speaker at the meeting. He visibly moved his great audience to tears with his description of the suffering innocent Jewish children undergo in the schools of Germany. He warned against the potential danger of the atmosphere of hatred in which the children in Germany are being raised under the Nazi regime.

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