Jewish Organizations Pay Tribute to Sidney Hillman; Thousands Line Funeral Route

Tens of thousands of persons today lined the streets through which the funeral procession of Sidney Hillman wound from Carnegie Hall where Rabbi Stephen S. Wise officiated at the services, through the garment district. He was buried at the Westchester Hills Cemetery, Mt. Hope, N.Y.

Among the Jewish organizations which expressed their sorrow at Hillman’s death was the United Jewish Appeal which declared that in his capacity as a member of the drive’s executive committee he demonstrated “untiring support” of its activities and helped American Jews meet the needs of the Jews overseas.

The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League paid its respects to the labor leader and lauded “his invaluable contribution” to the social and economic welfare of the country, particularly “his valiant efforts to improve the lot of immigrant workers of all races and creeds and to integrate them into the American economic and political fabric.”

The American Jewish Labor Council in a letter of condolence stated: “The untimely death of Sidney Hillman is a great loss to labor and to all friends of a democratic America.” Asserting that Hillman was one of the first to see the menace of fascism, the Council letter said “his tireless and uncompromising leadership has forever endeared” him to the working men and women of this country.

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