Characterizing as a “rank fraud” the obtaining of subscriptions for the Brooklyn Jewish Examiner through use of the name of the Jewish War Veterans, and urging all who have subscribed to the publication because of such use to cancel their subscriptions, Dr. Solomon A. Fineberg of Mount Vernon, national chaplain-in-chief of the Jewish War Veterans, yesterday issued a statemest attacking the weekly and its editor, Rabbi Louis Gross.
Dr. Fineberg’s statement was in accordance with action taken by the National Council of the veterans’ group at its last meeting.
Dr. Fineberg said:
“The National Council of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States has learned with regret that the name of the Jewish War Veterans has been used in a contemptible mercenary scheme involving the Brooklyn Jewish Examiner, edited by Dr. Louis Gross, and the Minute Men.
“The obtaining of subscriptions or donations by either of these in the name of the Jewish War Veterans, or the soliciting of funds by anyone who claims to speak for the Examiner or the Minute Men on behalf of the Jewish War Veterans, is rank fraud. Our organization has never authorized any such solicitation; we have never received any money thus collected. We have no connection whatever with the Jewish Examiner, and anyone who say that this periodical represents us in any way is, either innocently or purposely guilty of falsehood.
‘MINUTE MEN SEPARATE’
“The Minute Men are likewise totally and completely separate and apart from the Jewish War Veterans. The formation of this organization has never been authorized by the Jewish War Veterans. Although the organizer of this group happens to be a committee-chairman of the Jewish War Veterans, the Minute Men have not even the most remote connection with the Jewish War Veterans, and have never had any kind of recognition from our organization.
“The Judge Advocate General of the Jewish War Veterans has been instructed to proceed legally against those who have been raising funds fraudulently in the name of our organization. His department will cause the immediate arrest of anyone who proceeds after this warning has been issued to use the good name of the Jewish War Veterans and to capitalize the Nazi situation for personal profit.
“Meanwhile we urge all who have subscribed to the Brooklyn Examiner or contributed to the Minute Men on the request of anyone who pretended that such funds would in any way aid the Jewish War Veterans, we urge that all such demand the return of these funds, as it is fully within their legal power to obtain such return and to punish the offenders. We also request that all who have further information on this subject submit it to the Judge Advocate General, Sol Rubin, of New Rochelle, N. Y.”