primary duty of Jews, and particularly of American Jews, to support the work of the autonomous refugee commission of the League of Nations, and the League High Commissioner, James G. McDonald.
“I do not believe that American Jewry realizes fully the seriousness of the refugee situation and the enormous amount of help they require. One thing is clear, this is not a matter to be argued about, but a situation requiring immediate work,” the American Jewish leader said.
Dr. Adler declined to discuss the meeting of the non-Zionist members of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, who met in Zurich, Switzerland, saying that the conference had been adequately publicized and that he desired to emphasize, above all, the necessity of immediate help for the German Jewish refugees.
Fannie Hurst, noted American Jewish novelist, returned on the Ile de France from a seven weeks trip through Nazi Germany. Miss Hurst, who spent the entire time in Naziland, declared in the most emphatic terms that the situation “had not been exaggerated in the least, on the contrary the situation was much worse in many cases than I had expected.”
“I went abroad,” Miss Hurst said, “not believing half the things I had heard, but unfortunately they were only too true.” The novelist stated that she personally had nothing to complain of and that she had been well treated in Germany.
Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, director of Beth Israel Hospital and American member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was also on board the Ile de France. Dr. Ratnoff, while in Europe attended the meeting of the board of governors in Zurich and also helped to pick a site for the Hadassah Rothschild Hospital of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.