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President Roosevent Greets Yiddish Press in America of Its Seventy-fifth Anniversary

President Roosevelt addressed a personal message of greetings to Dr. Louis Hendin, president of the Jewish Writers Union, on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Yiddish press in the United States, which is now being observed in many Jewish communities. The President’s message read as follows.

“Three-quarters of a century ago the first Yiddish newspaper in America- the Hebrew Times was published in New York. It seems fitting that those who strive today to carry forward the hopes of its founders should observe this seventy-fifth anniversary.

“Through the years, since the Hebrew Times was laboriously hand-lettered and lithographed, its successors have faced increasing responsibility and broadening opportunity in fostering and strengthening the ideals of freedom and democracy for which we fight today.

“When victory is achieved and peace comes once more to the world, I know the Yiddish press of America will continue to move ahead in devotion to the ideals which have marked its service to America.”