American Jews Lagging in Response to Call of Russian Jews, is Complaint
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American Jews Lagging in Response to Call of Russian Jews, is Complaint

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The complaint that Jews of the United States and England have so far done little to respond to the appeal of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Russia for 1,000 tanks and 500 bombers to the Red Army “as a special Jewish gift” is registered in a statement published here by the Committee in connection with the first anniversary of the Moscow meeting of Jewish groups in Russia at which the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee was formed.

“Let this anniversary, which falls on August 24, be marked by Jews in all countries abroad with practical deeds to present the Red Army with tanks and bombers which will carry names of Jewish historic personalities as well as of Jewish heroes of the present war,” the statement appeals.

“The enemy does not wait,” the statement of the Committee declares. “The history of the Jewish people counts many glorious chapters in the struggle against oppression and enslavement. But never before has Jewish history revealed such self-sacrifice and ‘Kidush Hashem’ as displayed by Jewry in Soviet Russia in their struggle against the Nazi invaders both at the front and in the hinterland. The heroic exploits of many Jewish heroes here will go down among the finest pages in the chronicles of the Jewish people.”


The suggestion that Jews in Russia should wear a Mogen Dovid “to spite the Fascists” is made here in an article by David Bergelson, well-known Jewish writer.

Citing the population in France, Belgium and Holland as examples, the article says that those Frenchmen, Belgians and Dutchmen who donned yellow Mogan Dovids in sympathy with the Jews thereby displayed their contempt for the Nazi anti-Jewish laws in the most conspicuous way. “Not all Jews ever considered it their duty to wear the ancient Jewish emblem, but now when the Nazis consider the Mogen Dovid a brandmark, Jews who never thought of wearing this insignia are demonstratively wearing it with pride,” the noted Jewish writer declared in his article.

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