At the World Jewish Conference held in Geneva, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Jewish Delegations, delivered a stirring address in which he reviewed the present situation of the Jewish people in various lands, and stressed particularly the tragic plight of German Jewry. He denounced Hitlerism as a “thing of horror” and predicted that Israel will outlive the modern Haman as it outlived the Hamans of the past. Dr. Goldmann also emphasized that the anti-German economic boycott will be continued vigorously by the Jews abroad until the rights of the Jews of Germany are restored.
Dr. Goldmann stated that most of the East European governments, with the exception of that of Czechoslovakia, were violating the clauses for the protection of the rights of minorities in the peace treaties concluded at the close of the World War.
While the address of Dr. Goldmann contains nothing that has not been said before on this subject, it has nevertheless attracted widespread attention and is valuable for that reason. There is danger in letting world public opinion grow accustomed and indifferent to the cruel iniquities that are being perpetrated upon the Jewish people in Nazi-land. In exposing the outrages of Hitlerism, the Jews are not merely fighting their own battle but they are also combatting the gravest menace to peace and economic stability everywhere.
But it should be emphasized at the Jewish conference in Geneva that the anti-German boycott is not a Jewish boycott, that without the co-operation of the laboring masses here and abroad, and without the aid of the non-Jews in various lands where the menace of Hitlerism to civilization is fully understood, the anti-German boycott could not have succeeded.
Mr. Samuel Untermyer, whose cable to Dr. Stephen S. Wise, chairman of the World Jewish Conference, is reproduced in this issue of the Jewish Daily Bulletin, has presented the case for the continuation of the boycott with his usual vigor and clarity. The conference would enhance the effectiveness of the boycott by accentuating its broader scope along the lines indicated in Mr. Untermyer’s message.
THE SENIOR CONGRESSMAN
The death of Speaker Henry P. Rainey, of the House of Representatives, leaves a vacancy that may be filled by Congressman Adolph J. Sabath, of Illinois, if the seniority succession rule were strictly observed. Mr. Sabath has a record of fifteen consecutive terms in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Sabath has distinguished himself as an energetic, dignified, well-informed and conscientious Representative. He has won the admiration of American Jewry and of other elements of the American people for his consistent and vigorous efforts in behalf of liberal immigration. Congressman Sabath has established a splendid record of invaluable service to the American people, in addition to his record of seniority which testifies to his popularity among his constituents who know him best.