Untermyer Scores Penal Parley Site

Samuel Untermeyer has written a letter to Sanford Bates, director of the United States Bureau of Prisons, protesting against the appointment of an American delegation to the eleventh annual International Penal and Penitentiary Congress because the assembly is scheduled to be held in Berlin.

Bates has been reported in press dispatches from Washington to have been named chairman of the American delegation. The letter of Mr. Untermeyer, who is president of the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League to Champion Human Rights, was made public Friday.

“It seems nothing short of a travesty,” he wrote, “that a congress dealing with penal and penitentiary systems should be held in Berlin under the present administration, where men and women are shot or imprisoned by secret process and where they are placed in torture chambers called concentration camps.”

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