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Harding, Friend of Jews, Eulogized by Louis Marshall

August 6, 1923
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Not only the Jews of America but Jews the world over had a devoted friend in President Harding, and his name will be reverred by Jews universally. Louis Marshall in a statement on behalf of the American Jewish Committee, of which he is President, declared yesterday.

“No element in our citizenship has been more stunned and overhelmed with grief because of the untimely death of President Harding than the Jews of America, who have a double reason for remembering his good works and his kindly deeds.” says Mr. Marshall. “Not only was he absolutely fair in his estimate and treatment of the Jewish citizenship everywhere, but when it came to the Jews having to go to the rescue of less fortunate members of their race in Russia and Poland, victims of post-war conditions, the great heart and mighty hand of Warren G. Harding was extended across the sea through the agency of Mr. Herbert Hoover’s matchless organization which all Jews promptly backed, and as a result tens of thousands were cured of disease and gradually assisted back to a state of normalcy in which they could sustain themselves and get back upon the path where contentment and happiness could be found.

“This in one way in which the humanitarian interest of the departed President in this great work. could be estimated or appraised, so far as its effect in saving human lives and relieving human suffering might be concerned.

“Suffice it to say that even as the people of the United States, Jew and Gentile, all creeds and shades of belief, bow their heads in profound grief now at the passing of this great man, there are corresponding thousands on the other side of the ocean, including poor little children, wan women, and grim old men, whose tears of regret at the announcement of the President’s death will best attest their understanding of his great heart and generous hand, which they take to represent the heart and hand of the most mighty and glorious Republic on earth.

“In Warren G. Harding the Jews of America had a friend whose genuine sympathies were their boon and mainstay both in their citizenship here and their struggle to help their race abroad. From the day I had my first interview with him, I have said, and I say now, he was a rare type of sincere human being, and his memory will ever be reverred by the Jews wherever they may be on earth.”

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