“President Lowell takes full credit for the plan to limit the number of Jews who are seeking admission into Harvard”, declared a Harvard graduate who refused to divulge his identity, in speaking last night before the Maccabeans, the men’s club of Temple Israel 210 W. 91st Street, who said he had a three hours’ conversation with President Lowell two weeks ago. “It is his view that so long as the Jewish people decide to remain apart, as a distinct entity in American life and not merging in a social way by intermarriage with the Gentiles, just so long will prejudice continue and even grow worse.
“President Lowell predicted that within twenty years we will see in the United States the same conditions that now exist in Central Europe, where blood is spilled as a result of anti Semitism.
“The time will come” Dr. Lowell said and he believed it would not take longer than a generation – when the Jew must be treated in the same way as the Negro in the South and in many of the universities, and his advise was that the Jews drop their faith.
“President Lowell also asserted that a Jew can not be an American, for to be an American, in his opinion, one must be that and nothing else. He said that Harvard is not the only university that is barring men of the Jewish faith, but that right here in New York, Columbia and New York University are gradually reducing their Jewish enrolment.”
Dr. Percy S. Grant, whose topic was “Freedom and Justice”, explained that he, too, was a son of Harvard, and he stated that the entire prejudice situation now existing in his Alma Mater is “most interesting and most peculiar”.
The trouble with Harvard, said Dr. Grant, is that it has always been ruled by “State Street”, the financial district of Boston. He said that prior to the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brandels, a Harvard graduate, some of the influencial Bostonians went to Washington to fight the nomination.
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