Digest of World Press Opinion

The attitude of Jewish teachers with regard to cuts in salary or retrenchments made in Jewish schools under Federation auspices is outlined in the Bulletin of the Association of Federation Workers, in an article which says:

As human beings and workers, Jewish teachers, alike with all teachers everywhere, will and do insist that society grant them a decent standard of living and will do their utmost to see that they receive it.

The Jewish teachers in schools affiliated with Federation share with all workers in Federation, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, the problems which confront every worker today, namely, the need for cooperative action to demand from Federation a rescinding of all salary cuts and the establishment of a salary scale and code for professional and maintenance workers.

THE LONDON TIMES ON ITS ANNIVERSARY

The London Jewish Chronicle congratulating the London Times on its 150th birthday says editorially:

As Jews, we have more than one reason for gratitude to the Times, as our readers will readily recall, if there have been one or two occasions in the past in which it did not see eye to eye with Jewry, its attitude toward our people has nevertheless been predominantly sympathetic. In particular, its ruthless exposure of the abominable Protocols of the Elders of Zion rendered Jews a precious service. Its columns have always been freely opened to letters stating the Jewish point of view. Under its great editor, Thomas Chenery, himself an eminent Hebrew scholar, it voiced in ringing tones the indignation of this country against the Russian pogroms.

And that stand for fair play for Jews has been repeated more recently in its unfaltering exposure of the terrible wrongs committed under the Hitler regime, an attitude in which the British press as a whole has nobly shared. Nor can we forget the favor it has accorded to the Zionist movement. As Jews and as citizens we wish our great contemporary many more years of distinguished service to journalism, and to those ultimate national and human values which transcend the boundaries of partisan interests and private ends.

FINDS ‘NEW TONE’ AMONG THE NAZIS

Under the headline “Nazi’s New Tone” the Nettincham Guardian writes editorially:

Some part of the primal Nazi fury has certainly died down. We hear less of attempts to Nazify neighboring countries or the churches. Now comes news of an alleged “new Nazi approach to the Jewish question.” According to this doctrine, said to be gradually arising in the Nazi party, the Jews must still be kept apart from the Nordics, and in any case there is “no reason to fear that German culture will again be dominated by Jewish influences.” But now it is “not desired to drive the Jews out, but to work peacefully and amicably with them,” only severely limiting their access to official posts in the professions, especially teaching, and to positions of social and cultural power.

This is a change of tone from that of the early days when in order to secure the highest degree of active German national unity the Jews were bullied, browbeaten, ostracized, insulted and even done to death. Whatever the merits or demerits of the Jews, Nazi Germany may now be perceiving that the Jews have economic power and can and will use it. That is at least some sort of reply to the extreme Nazi point of view which imagined that Nazi Germany could act precisely as it liked without regard for any one else’s feelings. The change may actually not amount to much, but even the suggestion of it indicates a moderation in the tone of Nazism which may have its evidences in other directions.

It is not so much the resurgence of German national opinion which has offended the world as the gross and inhuman extremeness and extravagance with which it has often been demonstrated.

PALESTINE ONLY PLACE FOR JEWISH REFUGE

The Manchester Guardian, reporting Prof. Brodetsky’s address in Manchester on Jewish immigration into Palestine, emphasizes:

Prospects of immigration into Palestine were bright, but a menace there was speculation in land, causing a rise in its price. The most effective method to wipe out speculation of this kind was the purchase of land through the Jewish National Fund, so that the areas bought became the inalienable property of the Jewish people. A hopeful activity at present was the research for water.

Territories all over the world, from South America to Biro-Bidjan, were being suggested as refuges for Jews in distress, said Prof. Brodetsky, but in his opinion Palestine was the only place for settling the Jewish people.

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