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Is Morgenthau Interested in Anti-semitic Book Publisher? Untermyer Queries

July 9, 1923
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Leading Jews and non-Jews take the publishing firm of Doubleday, Page and Uo. to task in the current issue of the “Jewish Tribune” for publishing in a book form the anti-Jewish articles of Burton J. Hendricks, previously run in a serial form in the “World’s Work”.

Particular objection is taken to the jacket of the book issued by the publishers containing the following bit of anti Semitism camouflaged as an honest query:

“What of the unassimilable Polish Jews who comprise the bulk of the 3,000,000 Jews in this counry? With their un-American creed will they over be absorbed into the American common wealth?”

Samuel Untermyer in his comment wants to know if Mr. Morgenthau, as has been reported, is interested in the “World’s Work”. “If he is”, writes Mr. Untermyer, “”I hope that he will cease to be identified with a publishing house that has brought out a book so manifestly unjust.”

Dr. Wise in his comment declares that “Hendricks knows quite well that the ill will of pseudo-Christians is directed not against the large number of Polish Jews but rather at a handful of successful or over succeflul so called German Jews.”

“The idea that the German and Spanish Jews form one stock and the Polish or Eastern Jews form another stock is fantastic to the highest degree”, Dr. Cyrus Adler states, “and this statement alone brands the author of the book as one unfitted to write on the subject.”

“I am surprised that a firm like Doubleday, Page and Co. are making themselves the vehicle for this sort of stuff”.

Dr. Bernard Drachman declares that “the making of distinctions between different elements of the Jewish people and the description of some elements as particularly low is an old anti-Semitic trick, designed to produce an apparent justification for at least partial anti-Semitism.”

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