NEW YORK (May. 17)
Reporting from Paris a speech delivered by Leon Blum, Socialist who in two weeks will become France’s first Jewish Premier, the New York Herald Tribune yesterday said he “held out an olive branch to Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic Third Reich.”
Mr. Blum is quoted as seeking cooperation with all countries, regardless of their internal regimes, in an effort to banish the specter of a European war.
Discussing the historic relations between France and the United States, the veteran Socialist leader, made reference to his Jewishness in the following passage of his address before the American Club of Paris, as reported by the New York Times: “In recalling these historic facts, I would add that the political parties to whom the recent elections have given a majority, claim their direct descent from the French Revolution and, pardon me this liberty, I wish to say that I can lay claim to a double title, for if I have never bragged of it neither have I ever concealed it, that I belong to a race which owes to the French Revolution human liberty and equality that it should never forget.”