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To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

Mr. James Waterman Wise in his letter appearing in the Jewish Daily Bulletin of September 16 correctly states that it is unethical to send a letter intended for one journal to another publication. I plead in extenuation of this breach of ethics the fact that the Jewish Daily Bulletin reprinted the editorial “Cowardice Could Go No Further” a few days ago, and I believed it to be unfair to the American Jewish Committee to wait an entire month before answering this wanton attack upon it.

I cannot see why it is so obvious that Opinion cannot now publish my letter, since the readers of the two journals are not necessarily the same and, moreover, the Bulletin published only part of my communication.

Mr. Wise characterizes my letter as “vitruperative.” The readers of the editorial I criticized and of my letter will judge for themselves as to which is vituperative.

Mr. Wise makes the gratuitous assertion that he now refuses to deal with me “in this or any other way.” Is this an attitude he assumes toward all those who disagree with his editorial utterances?

Isadore D. Morrison.

Sept. 17. 1934.

New York, N. Y.

PERLMAN ON POLAND

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

I notice in your Sunday edition a lengthy statement on the Polish ultimatum to the League of Nations, which seeks to give the impression, inadvertently or otherwise, that responsible Jewish bodies are expounding the view that the situation which has arisen affects the Jewish minorities solely.

This viewpoint regrettably gains some credence in your columns in the light of the abbreviated quotations from a statement issued in behalf of the American Jewish Congress by Stephen S. Wise and Bernard S. Deutsch. Unfortunately, the statement as quoted by you does not fully reflect the point of view of the American Jewish Congress.

As you can see from the following, the American Jewish Congress, on Wednesday evening, following a special meeting on the Polish situation, issued a statement expressing the view that the threatened action of Poland affects not merely the national minorities in Poland and the national minorities in other countries, but all nations which have had a part in the shaping of the Peace Treaties and in the creation and the maintenance of the League of Nations.

Although this statement reached you on Thursday evening, too late for your Friday edition, it was accurately quoted in the Yiddish press on Friday morning, and represents the first expression of opinion of a responsible Jewish body in this country on this situation.

Because the matter is one of the deepest significance, we ask for the impartial courtesy of your columns in quoting the full statement as issued by us, which follows:

“The threatened action of Poland affects not merely national minorities in Poland, and national minorities in other countries, but all the nations which have had a part in the shaping of the peace treaties and in the creation and the maintenance of the League of Nations.

“The American Jewish Congress expects that within the next few days not only will such countries as England, France, Italy and Czechoslovakia, nation members of the League of Nations, express ###willingness to permit such ### of the Treaties, ### whose then President Woodrow Wilson, more than any other man, was the maker of the Treaty and founder of the League of Nations, will seek to bring home to Poland that for the sake of the honor and prestige of the Polish Republic, the Polish Republic should not take such action as is tantamount to the repudiation of the Versailles Peace Treaties.

“The Congress is in touch with its representative, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, head of the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Committee of Jewish Delegations, and Dr. Goldmann is in turn acting in concert with all those bodies in Europe which represent the minority groups among all the European peoples, to bring about the preservation of the rights of minorities.

“The American Jewish Congress was one of the bodies which together with the Committee of Jewish Delegations in Paris in the Spring of 1919 and through its then delegates, Judge Julian W. Mack, Mr. Louis Marshall, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, all of whom urged upon the makers of the Versailles Peace Treaties the adoption of the minority rights clauses in the Peace Treaty and which were embodied in the constitution of the newly reconstituted European states, such as Poland, Roumania, Czecho-Slovakia.”

Nathan D. Perlman,

Vice-President,

American Jewish Congress.

Sept. 17, 1934.

New York.

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