An Armistice Day fund for the relief of Jews and non-Jews who are being persecuted in Germany is being sought by the Fellowship of Reconciliation as part of a world-wide effort to alleviate the condition of those who are being harassed by the Nazis for reasons of race or conscience, according to the National Conference of Jews and Christians.
As an immediate step in this world effort the Fellowship is urging that collections be taken in churches and elsewhere between now and Armistice Day. It is emphasized that this appeal does not conflict with the appeal of the High Commissioner of Refugees and that the effort is directed toward allevating the suffering of those who stay in Germany.
In an appeal for the support of the fund a statement by the Fellowship declares:
“Armistice Day is proposed as a fitting time to make a collection for the tragic needs of those who are persecuted in the land against which we fought. The sacrifice of the war dead in their hope for democracy should challenge us to support today those who suffer in Germany for their fidelity to religion, democracy and peace.
WON’T BOW TO BAAL
“At this hour there are within Germany thousands of persons who do not bow the knee to Baal. Wishing to stand by their country in its hour of trial, they cherish in their lives and hearts the ideals of freedom, justice and fellowship, without which civilization in Europe cannot endure. With them and their children rests the best hope for a new birth of better things in Germany when the present tyranny is overpast.
“Our opportunity is to help them now survive. Especially does it seem a duty for world Christendom to take energetic action to counter the age-old recurrence of persecution of Jews; and also to stand by the Christians, pacifists, ‘non-Aryans’ and others who suffer for conscience sake.”
The appeal is signed by President Robbins Walcott Barstow, President Henry S. Coffin, Bishop Francis J. McConnell, Rt. Rev. Edward L. Parsons and Rev. Ernest F. Tittle.