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Harding Mourned by American Jews in Carlsbad

August 6, 1923
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Touching eulogies of the late President Harding were delivered here yesterday at a memorial meeting arranged by the visiting American Jews. The American Zionists who are here for the Thirteenth World. Congress attended in a body. Judge Strassburger of Washington presided and prayer was offered by Rabbi Reich, a visiting American Jewish clergyman. After paying tribute to America’s relief work in Europe which, he said, had always had the powerful backing of the late President, the Rabbi evoked “the mercy of God for Harding’s soul”. President Harding, the Rabbi said, earnestly and zealously worked for world peace

The equal status of American citizens, irrespective of race or religion was dwelt on by M. Markowitz, another speaker, who said the world mourned the cruel stroke which fate dealt the American nation.

Harry Fischel, of New York, said, “We have lost not only our President, but a great lover of man and a friend of all the world.” Mr. Fischel related how the late President personally saved many immigrants from being deported.

Z. B. Kamaika, of Chicago, spoke of his recent meeting with the President before Mr. Kamaika went to Lithuania. The President, he said, told him at the time he had hoped the new European states would profit from America’s practice of the principle of liberty and equality towards all.

Speaking on behalf of the American physicians doing special work in Vienna clinics, Dr. Kaufman voiced his sympathy for the bereaved Mrs. Harding.

Mr M. Joseph of Birmingham, Ala., a Christian, attended this Jewish meeting. He said he was glad the visitors to Carlsbad gave him an opportunity of giving voice to his grief over the death of the President.

The meeting cabled a message of condolence to Mrs. Harding and one of sympathy to the State Department. Signatories to the message included Morris Rothenberg of New York, member of the American Zionist Administration, Harry Fischel, of New York, Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt of New York, M. Spiro of Cleveland and Louis Topkis of Wilmington, Del.

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