An International Trade Fair, which will offer a guide to the products of American industry and other nations, except that of Germany, designed chiefly for those refusing to deal in Nazi-made merchandise, will be held at the Grand Central Palace during the week of October 22 to 27, the American Jewish Congress which initiated the project, announced yesterday. The fair has the support of organized labor and of prominent non-Jewish Americans and various national organizations.
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise heads the committee of sponsors which has already received the endorsement of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Governor Wilbur L. Cross of Connecticut, Governor Clyde Herring of Iowa, Governor Hill McAlister of Tennessee and Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pennsylvania. The American Federation of Labor, through its president, William Green, has signified its willingness to join the sponsors who include Dr. Alvin Johnson, director of the New School for Social Research; Roger Baldwin, director of the American Civil Liberties Union; George Gordon Battle, communal leader; Miriam Beard, writer; Edwin de Bechtel, New York attorney; Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch; Rufus M. Hartill, president of the Protestant Teachers Association; Stanley High, contributing editor of the Literary Digest; the Rev. John Haynes Holmes of the Community Church; Professor Jerome Michael of Columbia University; Nathan D. Pearlman and Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum.
The International Trade Fair has come into existence following numerous inquiries made by both consumers and manufacturers who do not want to use Nazi products or services and do not yet know where satisfactory substitutes may be found. Foreign nations will participate in the fair on a broad scale. Four floors will be occupied by the exhibits which, it is expected, will be viewed by some 350,000 persons.