Addressing public opinion throughout America and the Christian churches particularly, the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities, 70 Fifth Avenue, denounces the Hitler terroristic campaign against the Jews, on the eve of the first anniversary of the German Chancellor’s accession to office.
A calm analysis of the treatment of the Jews is made in the statement. While sympathizing with the German dernand for “full equality of standing and treatment as one of the great nations of the world,” the committee deplores the fact that “this praiseworthy effort to rehabilitate and inspire the national life is accompanied by a persecution of Jewish citizens which is isolating Germany from other nations and alienating their good will.”
The significant point stands out, in the midst of all confused factors, that “hundreds of thousands of loyal Germans of Jewish descent are being treated with grave injustice”, the statement contends. Freely admitting that “the people of Germany have the same right as other nations to handle their domestic matters without outside interference”, the signers of the protest are “concerned solely with the question of humanity and justice.” The committee earnestly appeals for expression of sympathy for the “oppressed brethren in Germany and those in exile from Germany, to voice their protest against the wrongs to which they are being submitted, and to develop everywhere a stronger moral consciousness of the inestimable value of political, economic and religious freedom.”
Arthur-J- Brown, chairman, Henry A. Atkinson and Linley V. Gordon’s names arc appended to the appeal. According to the- latter, the protest is subscribed to by Henry A. Atkinson general secretary of the Church Peace Union; Sylvester W. Beach, pastor emeritus, First Presbyterian ; Church, Princeton; Robert J. Caldwell, Abraham H. Cohen, Bernard S. Deutsch, Rev. Samuel A. Eliot, Prof. Mauley 0. Hudson, Abram I. Elkus, Hamilton Holt, Frank A. Home, Kev. John H. Latlirop, Henry Smith Lcipcr, Charles S. MaoFarland, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., Judge Julian Mack, Theodore Marburg, Adolph S. Achs, George A. Plimpton, Frank Lyon Polk, Howard C Robbins, Rev. George Stewart, Fred B. Smith, Dr. James J. Walsh, Worth M. Tippy, Schuyler N. Warren, Jr., Michael Williams and Dr. Stephen S. Wise, members of the general committee.