A warning to American Jewry not to permit itself to become a class claiming the privileges of a minority without at the same time expecting to bear the burdens of a minority was voiced Sunday night by former Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. Proskauer, principal speaker at the twelfth annual Chanukah dinner of the Jewish Education Association.
The dinner, which was held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, was attended by more than 1,000 persons, many of them leaders in education and the professions.
Professor Emil Lederer, speaking for the six members of the University in Exile who were present as guests of honor, remarked that the warmth of the greeting extended the professorial refugees made them feel that they had found not only new contacts but new friendships in this country. He hoped here, Professor Lederer said, to continue his work in the old spirit of the German universities, which permitted the expression of knowledge and the search for truth without regard to religion, nationality or opinion.
Professor Lederer was presented by Louis P. Rocker, chairman of the dinner, who also called upon Professors Max Ascoli, Karl Brandt, Eduard Heimann, Herman Kantorowicz, and Hans Speier “to rise, and, as we say in America, ‘take a bow’.”
Chanukah Menorahs dominated the decorative scheme of the ballroom, glowing from the stage and flickering on every table. Paul Felix Warburg, Judge Otto A. Ro-