WASHINGTON (Feb. 23)
A resolution strongly condemning the German government for its treatment of Jews there was introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Frank Oliver of the Twenty-third District, the Bronx, on Monday, February 19.
The resolution reads:
“Whereas, the present government of the German Reich has deprived certain groups of its citizens of many of their civil and political rights and has imposed upon them restrictions, pains and penalties, harsh and severe in nature; and
“Whereas among the groups so discriminated against by said government are approximately six hundred thousand Jewish citizens of the Reich, and the great number of Christians of partly or wholly Jewish descent; and
“Whereas it is manifest that, as regards the Jewish citizens of the Reich and such Christians of Jewish descent, the actual causes for the discriminations against them are their religious beliefs or professions, and their racial origin, neither of which is a ground reasonably affecting their rights and privileges as citizens of a modern state; and
“Whereas, on many historic occasions, beginning in the year 1840 and continuing down to the year 1919, intercessions have been made by the United States on behalf of citizens of states other than the United Stes, oppressed or persecuted by their own governments or peoples, including nine separate occasions on behalf of Jews in foreign states, indicating that for nearly one hundred years the traditional policy of the United States has been to take cognizance of such invastions of human rights; and
“Whereas the German Reich stands pledged to the United States to accord to its “nationals who belong to racial, religious, or linguistic minorities” * * * “the same treatment and security in law and in fact as the other nationals”; Now, therefore be it
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives express its profound feelings of surprise and pain, as Representatives of the people of the United States, upon learning of the discriminations and oppression imposed by the Reich upon its minority groups, including its Jewish citizens; and be it further.