Goldmann Replies to Silver on ZOA Convention’s Refusal to Hear Him

Replying to the recent statement of Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, president of the Zionist Organization of America, that an overwhelming majority of the 49th annual convention of the ZOA had refused to invite Dr. Goldmann as a speaker, the latter has made the following statement to the Jewish Telegraphic agency:

“All the attempts of Dr. Silver to make the “overwhelming majority” of the Atlantic City convention responsible for the refusal to invite me to state my case and to reply to the attacks on me are meaningless. If Dr. Silver would have wanted me to come and state my case, the convention would with the same overwhelming majority have invited me. As a matter of fact, when the motion to invite me was made on the floor of the convention, Dr. Silver had to make a personal appeal to the convention to table this motion.

“It was perfectly in order to invite Mr. Lipsky to report, but Mr. Lipsky was never attacked by Dr. Silver and his colleagues and therefore it would have been a matter of decency to allow me to present my case and to reply to the many distortions of fact which have been spread during the last few months about my negotiations in Washington and the so-called “violation of agreements reached with the Emergency Council” which Dr. Silver repeats.

“All the explanations and attacks of Dr. Silver will not do away with the simple fact that he preferred to attack me in my absence and was not ready to discuss the issue with me before the convention of the ZOA or the Emergency Council. This fact speaks for itself.”

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