SENATOR KING of Utah, addressing the 25th annual meeting of the Hias, demanded official condemnation by the American Government of the outrages committed by Germany against the Jews. Senator King said: “I wish that our nation, through the officials of its Goverment would in an appropriate way, lift its voice in condemnation of a course and a policy so reminiscent of the Dark Ages when human life was sacrificed at the whim and caprice of cruel rulers.”
This official condemnation can best be expressed through the Tydings Resolution now before the Committee on Foreign Relations. America has on various occasions in the past lifted its powerful voice against cruel injustice and the flagrant violation of human rights in other lands.
It was most appropriate that Senator King analyzed and condemned the Hitler regime of hate at the annual meeting of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. This typically Jewish humanitarian organization is doing real relief work for the stranded and needy immigrants and German Jewish refugees in a number of lands. It is proving its genuine usefulness in this crisis of Jewish life.
Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins paid the Hias a well-de-served tribute in saying that it has rendered “a notable service in aiding newcomers to this land, in saving them from exploitation and in helping to make adjustments in a new environment,” adding that in doing such a splendid piece of work the Hias also rendered a singular benefit not only to Jews but to all people of this country.
The work of Hias abroad is also of value, for aside from giving immediate relief to distressed refugees, it is furnishing reliable information to the perplexed and bewildered wanderers in quest of new homes in various parts of the world.
THE report from Berlin in yesterday’s Jewish Daily Bulletin that the entrie Jewish population of Germany was represented at the opening of the Palestine exhibition reveals the transformation of German Jewry at the close of the tragic year of Hitlerism. The organizations that had in the past been opposed to Zionisms also demonstrated their solidarity with the Zionists on this occasion.
The irony of fate! German Jews, who more than any other portion of the Jewish people had opposed the Zionist ideal and the Jewish longing and determination to regenerate the ancient Jewish homeland, have now realized that little Palestine is the best refuge, the most prac- ticable salvation for German Jewish refugees.
The Jews of Germany, disillusioned and persecuted, have discovered that assinilation is a complete flasco. And some of those who were more Geroan than the Germans and who had feared that Zionism might embarrass them and jeopardize their status as Germans, now find that only by returning to Zion can they savy their bodies and their souls. There is a distinet Jewish revival in Germany today. In their darkest hour of humiliation and distress, the Jews are finding themselves, and the Jewish youth, barred from participation in German social, ecomic and cultural social, economic and cultural life, are imbued with the new-old Jewish spirit which has kept Israel alive while other nations disappeared.