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“you Must Fight This Nordic Nonsense” Says Zangwill

February 5, 1924
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Israel Zangwill, who will return to England Wednesday after a sojourn of more than four months in America, was the guest of the Administrative Committee of the American Jewish Congress, at whose request he came to America, at a luncheon given in his honor today. Mr. Zangwill took the occasion to express his views on the immigration question in America, branding the “nordic” theory as drivel and nonsense. Referring to the fight being waged against the Johnson Immigration Bill, Mr. Zangwill said:

“Most fortifications are of cardboard and if you press against them they will give way. If you create enough of a fuss against this Nordic nonsense you will be able to forestall this immigration legislation. Demand of America that she support her ideals”.

Dr. Stephen S. Wise, President of the American Jewish Congress, who presided over the luncheon, expressed to Mr. Zangwill the gratification of American Jewry over his coming to this country, stating that all the noted English author had said here has served to awaken the Jewish people to the urgency of their problems.

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