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U.S. Intervention Asked in Behalf of Refugees by B’nai B’rith Brochure

Citing the precedent of a score of instances which proved that foreign governments have acted in behalf of persecuted peoples, a booklet circulated among government officials by B’nai B’rith entitled “The United States and German Jewish Persecutions” makes an appeal that the Roosevelt administration take steps in the interest of the German exiles.

Written by Dr. Max J. Kohler, the booklet describes the famous John Hay negotiations in connection with the anti-Jewish persecutions in Czaristic Russia; the Charles Sumner investigation into Roumanian anti-Jewish atrocities in 1870; the Damascus blood libel of 1840; Minister Fay’s efforts on behalf of Jewish emancipation in Switzerland, and the American government’s action in connection with the Jewish persecutions in the Balkans at the Congress of Berlin in 1878. Mention is also given to the course taken by President Theodore Roosevelt following the Kishineff massacre and by President Wilson and Colonel House at the 1919 Peace Conference regarding the Polish anti-Jewish actions.

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