Eddie Cantor Honored at Luncheon After Collecting $550,000 for Youth Aliyah
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Eddie Cantor Honored at Luncheon After Collecting $550,000 for Youth Aliyah

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Eddie Cantor, the screen and radio star, who returned on the Normandie Monday after collecting $550,000 for the Youth Aliyah in a 15-day tour of England, was honored today by the national board of Hadassah at a luncheon at the Hotel Astor, attended by approximately 100 persons.

A resolution adopted by the board at the luncheon urged the intergovernmental Committee on Assistance to Refugees further to facilitate the work of the Youth Aliyah movement and thus to “be instrumental in salvaging a goodly part of the present generation of Central European Jewish youth.” Mrs. David de Sola Pool, first vice-president of Hadassah, presented to Mr. Cantor a scroll sent by Kvutzat Aryeh, the Palestine colony of refugee children assisted by the Eddie Cantor Fund and named after his Hebrew first name. Mrs. Herbert H. Lehman welcomed Mr. Cantor on behalf of Governor Lehman and herself. Mrs. Moses P. Epstein, president of Hadassah, spoke on the role of Youth aliyah in Palestine. Mrs. David B. Greenberg, Youth Aliyah chairman of Hadassah, presided.

Some 40,000 children below the age of 16 are doomed to a life of degradation and destitution in Germany unless they are rescued by outside sources, Mr. cantor declared yesterday in an address broadcast by the columbia broadcasting system under the auspices of the National Council of Jewish Women and the German Jewish Children’s Aid. He said German Jews were straining every resource to care for as many of their own as was humanly possible, but that diminishing reserves was making it increasingly difficult for them to meet their needs without substantial aid from abroad.

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