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Eddie Cantor Attacks Ford for Accepting Reich Award

Eddie Cantor, addressing the Hadassah Luncheon at the Hotel Astor, today attacked Henry Ford for accepting the German Government award on his 75th birthday. Mr. Cantor said: “I question in my heart the Americanism of Henry Ford for accepting this from the biggest gangster in the world. He is a damn fool. Outside of what this may cost him in money, he is a damned fool for permitting the world’s greatest gangster to present him with a citation…why must he make our lot harder?” later he asked: “whose side is Mr. Ford on? I question Mr. Ford’s Americanism and I question his Christianity. I don’t think he is an American and I don’t think he is a good Christian. So long as we have men like that we have to learn to organize and we have to fight.”