Resolutions pledging opposition to all forms of exploitation and hatred against racial and national minorities, and urging the A. A. U. not to send a team to Germany for the 1936 Olympics were passed by the American Youth Congress at New York University.
Another resolution voiced opposition to “the sweep of Fascism sweeping the country from coast to coast.
More than 200 delegates, the majority of them Jewish, attended the session. Waldo McNutt, representing the Rocky Mountains Young Men’s Christian Association of Topeka, Kansas, was chairman.
The delegates comprised the so-called Left wing of the Congress which split into two factions immediately after the opening of the sessions on the question of selecting Miss Viola Imla chairman. Miss Imla withdrew from the convention with her followers and organized her own congress elsewhere.
The resolution striking at anti-Semitism mentioned in addition to Jews, Negroes, Mexicans and Japanese.
In the resolution pledging opposition to the rise of Fascism in this country, it was pointed out that “Fascist tendencies are indicated by increased anti-Semitism, lynchings and the brutality of the New York police with the labor pickets.”
The request of the A. A. U. that it refrain from sending an Olympics team to Berlin in 1936 specified as a reason “Hitler’s discrimination against Jews in Germany.” It was stated in the resolution that “Hitler intends to use the Olympics as a means of furthering his program of preventive isolation from other #nations.”