Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch yesterday emphasized that the relief of German refugee children should not be regarded as a Jewish problem exclusively, since a majority of them are of Gentile parentage.
In a press conference at City Hall in connection with the opening of the campaign by the American Committee for the Relief of Victimized German Children, Mr. Deutsch, who is chairman of the committee’s forthcoming bazaar, stressed the worldwide scope of the organization, the administrative board of which is headed by Lord Marley.
The bazaar will be held during the week of June 9 at the Pennsylvania Building. One evening will be devoted to a display and discussion of books banned in Germany, another to banned music. Twelve etchings of Professor Albert Einstein, all autographed by him, will be offered for sale as well as a wide variety of other merchandise, all donated by groups, individuals and firms in sympathy with the project.
The organization is the only one, Mr. Deutsch asserted, which is assisting victims of Hitlerism within German borders.
MANY CHILDREN AIDED
The funds are allocated directly to the victims by an international control commission. The children thus assisted are at present in Paris, and Holland, and near the German-Dutch border. Fifteen per cent. are children of Social Democrats, fifteen per cent. of Communists and seventy per cent. those of intellectuals, architects, university professors, workers, trades-people and others who found themselves in political disagreement with the Nazis.
Mr. Deutsch told the Jewish Daily Bulletin, in response to a question, that he is inclined to indorse the statement of Ira M. Younker, made the day before, to the effect that Jews in Germany are under a moral obligation not to have children while Hitler is in power.
Among those of the Committee who attended yesterday’s press conference were Katherine Perry, secretary: Marjorie E. Smith, author of “Broadway to Moscow,” and William C. Woolfson.
SISTERHOOD HEADS MEET
The sisterhood presidents of Brooklyn affiliated with the Women’s Division of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities met yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Mortimer May, 2123 Quentin road, to discuss the borough-wide Federation roll call in behalf of which the division has recently organized a campaign. Mrs. I. Bachrach, president of the organization, explained the drive and delegated each member present as a district chairman to appoint captains in her individual district for the duration of the campaign.