Al Smith Heads Gentile Backing of Appeal Drive

Led by former Governor Alfred E. Smith, a group of outstanding Christian leaders have called on all Americans to support the United Jewish Appeal, which is seeking $3,250,000 for the relief and rehabilitation of German Jews and for the settlement of Jews in Palestine, Felix M. Warburg, national chairman of the fund-raising effort, announced Friday.

Mr. Smith, declaring that the plight of the Jews under the Nazi regime “must stir the pity of the world,” expressed the hope that this year’s campaign will meet with generous response.

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He was joined in backing the drive by Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, former president of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America; Prof. Charles A. Beard, noted historian; Dr. Everett R. Clinchy, director of the National Conference of Jews and Christians and Dr. John Haynes Holmes, pastor of the New York Community Church.

The former Governor’s message, as made public by Mr. Warburg, said:

“I earnestly join in the appeal which you are making to raise a fund for the relief of oppressed Jews of Germany and other lands and for the settlement of Jews in Palestine. The fate of the German Jews under the Hitler tyranny has aroused the indignation of the world.

“Its consequences, however, must also stir the pity of the world for those sufferers whose livelihod has been destroyed. I hope that the present appeal will find the most generous response.”

More than 100 of the foremost Jewish leaders of the country have accepted places as honorary national vice-chairmen of the drive, Mr. Warburg revealed. They include personalities prominent in philanthropic, cultural and social welfare activities.

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