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Rothenberg Hits Nations for Permitting Nazis to Rearm

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Addressing a Zionist meeting at the Covenant Club today, Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America, declared that the allied powers which had permitted Germany to rearm in open defiance of the Versailles Treaty had committed a “frightful blunder.”

“The cold and calculated brutality with which the Nazis have set about to crush a loyal and productive part of the German population, for no other reason than that it has Jewish blood in its veins, the ruthless persecution of Catholics and Protestants,” Mr. Rothenberg said, “should have foreshadowed what might be expected of the present rulers of Germany if they strengthened their power through the army.”

The younger Jewish generation in Germany, Mr. Rothenberg said, looks to Palestine as their only hope of survival. He declared that the older generation for the most part would remain in Germany, “continuing the battle for their rights with all the odds against them.”

Mr. Rothenberg, who is making a transcontinental tour in the interests of the United Palestine Appeal for $3,500,000, was given a banquet by Chicago Zionists. Maurice Smoler was the toastmaster.

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