The first performance of the Jewish pageant, “The Romance of a People”, will take place tonight at the Kingsbridge Armory, Jerome Avenue and Kingsbridge Road. According to an announcement by Nathan Straus, Jr., chairman of the committee sponsoring the spectacle, there will be addresses by Senator Robert F. Wagner, representing President Roosevelt, Governor Herbert H. Lehman and Mayor John P. O’Brien. Thousands of workmen were employed overtime in order to have the stage and auditorium completed for the performance. tacks on Jews in cafes during Rosh Hashonah, there were no Jews in evidence at these places.
The sermons preached by the rabbis to their crowded congregations were primarily devoted to the hope that the Jews of Germany might have a normal future.
A novel feature of the celebration of Rosh Hashonah under the Nazi regime was the abolition of the usual half rate payment for cabled New Year greetings. Despite this, the Voelkischer Beobachter, leading Nazi newspaper, reported that numerous greetings were filed in Yiddish with Latin characters, for which the senders paid the full rates.
A word of encouragement was issued to German Jews here by the ### on the eve of the High Holy days. The message called upon the Jews proudly “to maintain their self-respect in this trying period.” The message adds that nothing “can deprive us of this self-respect.” and pleads for “unity of one for all, and all for one.”
An end was put to the rift among German Jews when four of the largest Jewish organizations, the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, the German Zionist Federation, the German-Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Liberals, agreed in concentrating leadership in a few outstanding members. Rabbi Leo Baeck was named president of the affiliated societies.
A special conference was ordered by Heinrich Stahl, president of the Berlin Jewish community, to consider participation in the activities of the federated organizations.
Large organizations as well as provincial communities are electing a presidium to the Reichvertretung Juedischer Landesverbande Deutsch-