Conflicting views on the position of Jewish doctors in Germany were expressed by a group of American physicians returning from a visit to Germany and a group of German physicians visiting the United States.
Dr. William B. Peck, speaking for fifty-two American physicians who returned Thursday from Germany said: “The condition of Jewish doctors has improved definitely.”
Dr. Herman Brauneck, speaking for sixty German physicians visiting the United States said earlier in the week: “The future policy of the German government will be to decrease further the number of Jewish doctors.”
Dr. Peck, managing director of the Post-Graduate Medical Association of North America, returning from a two-month tour of European medical centers on the United States liner Manhattan, said:
“When I was in Germany a few years ago the Jewish scientists and doctors were very much alarmed. They were afraid of losing their posts, and of being compelled to leave the country. But on this last visit I found that many of them had been restored to their posts and that they were able to work without interference.”
Dr. Peck was considerably at variance with the visiting Nazi doctors who arrived here last week, seemingly well-informed, and said that Jewish doctors would not be allowed to practice on “Aryans.”
He was also at variance with Dr. John Haynes Holmes, pastor of the Community Church, who returned on the same ship and told reporters that the Jewish situation was desperate and that there was no possibility of exaggerating “the black tragedy of German Jewry.”
“That in the face of such a horror,” Dr. Holmes added, “there can be American Jews who counsel patience, forbearance, calm, is more than I can understand.”