Roosevelt Praises Jewish Contribution to War Effort in Rosh Hashonah Greeting

Admiration for the contribution made by Americans of the Jewish faith to the nation’s war effort was expressed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a message, issued through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, on the occasion of the Jewish New Year of 5704, which will begin at sundown tomorrow.

Similar greetings to the Jews of America were also issued through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by Vice-President Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes.

The text of the President’s message reads as follows: “To those of the Jewish faith upon this anniversary of their New Year, I send greetings. At the same time I welcome the opportunity it affords me to express again my admiration of the contribution which this loyal group of our fellow citizens has made to the nation’s achievements during the past year on the inexorable march toward victory.”

The greetings from Vice-President Wallace state: “I am sure that in spite of the terrible ordeals suffered by the Jews in Germany and in all of the occupied countries, they are more hopeful as this Rosh Hashonah approaches than they have been in many years. All of us must fight and pray until people everywhere can again live in a free world.”

Secretary of the Interior Ickes in his message declares. “This Jewish New Year dawns with the light of hope for Jews and other oppressed peoples in Europe. One of the criminals, a persecutor of helpless Jews and an enemy of civilization, has already fallen and is in craven hiding. The other criminals, particularly those in Berlin and Tokyo, already see the handwriting on the walls. The day of liberation for Jews and other tortured and oppressed peoples is inevitably approaching.”

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