Fate of World Congress Depends on Jews, Says Rabbi Wise

Speaking before an audience of 3,000 at Carnegie Hall Wednesday night, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise in a report dealing with the accomplishments of the World Jewish Congress held in Geneva last month, declared that its fate depends on Jews themselves.

In addition to Rabbi Wise, fifteen other American delegates to the Congress discussed the future of Jews in Germany and Poland.

“The Congress was not precipitately held,” said Rabbi Wise, chairman of the executive committee of the organization. “Its work will be quietly and thoughtfully begun, including a series of bureaus which are to deal with immigration, defense against anti-Semitism, and relief.

“What the congress is to become will depend not on what American Jews and the Jews of other lands are prepared to do in a great creative undertaking.”

He predicted that Poland would not follow the example of Germany in its treatment of Jews, but “would follow the United States.”

Professor Horace M. Kallen, chairman of the committee to combat anti-Semitism, asserted that the modern attack on the Jew is based “upon the notion that the world is divided into two races, the ‘Aryan’ and the human race, and that the former is destined to be master of all mankind.”

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