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British Chief Rabbi Fears for Safety of Russian Jews

September 7, 1923
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“The earth is still reeling like a drunken man” declares British Chief Rabbi Hertz in his Rosh Hashona message to the Jews of Britain. He in general paints a gloomy picture of conditions affecting Jewry throughout the world.

“Nearly five years have passed since the close of the most devastating of wars. The earth is still reeling like a drunken man. The inhabitants thereof are bereft of reason by the poison gas of racial antagonisms in a world that was nearly destroyed by hate, and is seeking to save itself by hate, and Israel is the greatest sufferer in these distracted days.

“The forces of reaction and race hatred everywhere have joined hands in the unholy work of reviling and slandering the Jew. We are back once more in the Dark Ages. New Jewish massacres and on an unprecedented scale are openly advocated and systematically planned.

“The Russian monarchists declare that in the event of their regaining power they will slaughter every Jewish man, woman and child in that land. Western Jews do not sufficiently realize the infinite danger that hovers over four million of our brethren in Russia.”

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