Governor Herbert H. Lehman delivered an impressive address at the dinner arranged by the United Jewish Appeal in Brooklyn.
Governor Lehman spoke, in part, as follows:
“In a large sense this United Jewish Appeal in our answer to those iniquitous forces which invoke discrimination and hatred and denial of opportunity. The two organizations which make up the United Jewish Appeal have been working desperately to rebuild the broken lives of thousands upon thousands of the Jews of Germany who have suddenly found themselves without a home in the very land in which for countless generations they and their forebears have lived and worked.”
Then, after describing the contribution that German Jewry had made to the upbuilding of Germany in every field of human endeavor, the Governor said:
“There has been no secrecy, no equivocation on the part of the German government. Hundreds of thousands of men and women in all walks of life have been ruthlessly and without pity deprived of their means of livelihood and of the primary rights of citizenship. Loyalty, patriotism, service counted for naught. Doctors, lawyers, civil servants, university professors, musicians, industrial workers have been driven from their positions and have been denied the right to work at their vocations. Even the right to education is now being denied many of the Jewish children and youths, regardless of their intellectual qualifications.
“These men and women in great numbers are now under-going indescribable suffering and hardship. They must be helped lest they go hungry; they must be aided lest they yield to their despair.”
These statements, in one form or another, have been made before. They are based on the facts of the Jewish tragedy. But they assume special significance and impressiveness when uttered by Governor Lehman, who first distinguished himself as a humanitarian and afterward as the Governor of the greatest state in the Union. He has served the people with unequalled modesty and earnestness, with courage and vision and dignity and boundless sympathy.
Governor Lehman’s appeal for relief of German Jews in their tragic plight cannot fail to make a profound impression and to call forth a most generous response.
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