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Shaw Won’t Address Zangwill Meeting, Fearing ‘jewish Discussion’

George Bernard Shaw, world renowned Irish dramatist, declined tonight to address a memorial meeting next Thursday for Israel Zangwill, late Jewish author and playwright, on the ground that “the meeting would inevitably end in a discussion of the Jewish question.”

“I am no Jew, ” he said in reply to an invitation, “and I don’t see how I could be of any help if I were to make a speech. In any case, I am too old to attend any more public meetings. I have had enough of them. I am approaching a doddering, senile condition and prefer to stay away.”