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To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin.

In a recent letter of mine which you published in the Jewish Daily Bulletin, criticizing the boycott of Germany in which Mr. Samuel Untermyer has taken a leading part, I made a statement in connection with my argument referring to Mr. Untermyer as “one who has boycotted the Jewish religion all his life.”

The statement was made under a misapprehension as to the Jewish character of Mr. Untermyer’s personal history and participation. Since the publication of that letter, I have since learned that Mr. Untermyer has participated in many religious activities of Jewish life, that he is a member of two temples, and that he has contributed generously to many causes in which all Jews are interested.

My statement, therefore, did Mr. Untermyer a serious injustice, and I greatly regret having been guilty of giving the public a false impression of his history and personality. I wish, therefore, to correct the false impression and to withdraw that part of my letter which reflected upon Mr. Untermyer’s affiliation with Jewish life.

The criticism which I have made of the boycott still obtains.

Rabbi Louis Wolsey. Philadelphia, Pa.

ON BIRO-BIDJAN

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

In Tuesday’s issue I read that the Government of Soviet Russia desires to see a Jewish Socialist republic in Biro-Bidjan within the next five, or, at most, eight years. At least, that is what Michael Kalinin is said to have said, and I have no doubts he did.

The indisputable fact that Biro-Bidjan, by location, would stand as a buffer between the military juggernauts of Japan and Russia should not, to my mind, impel the Jews to pass up this golden opportunity to show what they can accomplish.

Naturally, there is a sentimental desire to see a concentration of Jews in Palestine, the ancient homeland, but one must be practical. And there ###no no way under the sun that Palestine could be made to accommodate half of the Jews who yearn for a country of their own.

M. G.

Brooklyn, N. Y.

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