DETROIT (Aug. 31)
Declaring that “there is a Jewish problem,” the American first party at its first national convention here yesterday adopted an anti-Jewish plank reading, “We must admit that there is a Jewish problem. It must be solved honestly, realistically and courageously. We shall oppose prejudice and encourage the research necessary to the solution of this the world’s most unsolved problem.”
A substitute proposal on Jews, in which Homer Mairtz, delegate from Chicago, urged that “all Jews should be deported to a later designated area, if they do not leave American voluntarily within five years” and that those remaining be sterilized, was not brought to a vote by the convention, Gerald L. K. Smith, who was nominated for president by the party, said it was merely the expression of the opinion of some of the delegates and did not reflect the view of the convention.