Expressing the view that the Reichstag fire was started by the Nazis and was intended to create a “dramatic situation” of which the party leaders were to take advantage, Arthur Garfield Hays, American member of the international judicial body which held hearings on the case, told an installation meeting of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities that the case symbolized the usurpation of power from a virtually defenseless people.
The speaker asserted that the German revolution was the meanest and most “mendacious” ever known-the meanest because it was waged against the helpless and the most mendacious because it was built on lies.
Adolph Feldblum conducted the installation ceremonies, and Miss Anna Quartin gave a program of songs at a meeting which was held at the Unity Club, Bedford Avenue and Dean Street, following dinner which was served at 6:30 o’clock.
Herman S. Bachrach succeeded himself as president for the fifth consecutive year, and other officers are Bernhard Bloch, honorary president; Adolph Feldblum, Harry G. Anderson and Ralph K. Jacobs, honorary vice-presidents; Murry C. Becker, first vice-president; Herman Mendes, second vice-president; Joseph J. Dreyer, third vice-president; Lcon J. Shapiro, treasurer; William L. Shchwartz, secretary; Emil H. Baar, financial secretary.
Directors include Julius Belfer, A. David Benjamin, Abraham N. Davis, Abraham L. Doris, Abraham Feit, Jacob H. Goetz, Miss Helen Goldstein, Nathan L. Goldstein, Miss Rose Gottlieb, Milton Hertz, Max Herzfeld, Charles Jaffa, Arthur Joseph, Harold Zerzenick, Simon H. Kugel, Samuel S. Leibowitz, Philip Levison, Aaron Willaim Levy, Charles H. Levy, Maxwell V. Leins, Miss Pauline Malter, Harry M. Marks, Philip Noick, Harry M. Peyser, Benjamin C. Ribman, Irving Rosenfeld, Harry Sand, Miss Minnie R. Schwartz, George Sylvester and Benjamin Weiss.