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October 19, 1924
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In connection with the case of Captain Rosenbluth, who was acquitted the other day on the charge of murder, Mr. Louis Marshall has brought out in the columns of the Times of yesterday the part which was played by Mr. Henry Ford in this affair. Throughout the prosecution of the Jewish army officer the Dearborn Independent, which is Ford’s personal mouthpiece, conducted a persistent libelous campaign against Rosenbluth.

“Henry Ford is an ignoramus, a bufoon, a liar and an irresponsible, consciousless inciter”, writes the Day of New York. “But Henry Ford is a multi-millionaire. And that justifies him. Because of his millions he is a welcome guest in the highest places and is chummy with the greatest men of our republic.

“Can there be anything more detrimental to the essence of American life, to the social and political morale of America, to the entire scheme of American civilization?”


Dwelling on the subject of Canada’s decision to close her doors to two thousand Jewish refugees after she had admitted only three of the five thousand she had agreed to admit to her shores, the Day of New York points out that the blame for this rests partly with the American Jews.

“Of course”, writes this paper, “it is not very honorable on Canada’s part. But it must be said the American Jews are partly to blame for this themselves.

“When the agreement between the Canadian government at Ottawa and the Ica was made it was understood that the Jews of the U. S. would support this work financially, that is, they would contribute the necessary funds that would be required to bring over and settle the 5,000 refugees. The American Jewish Congress made express promises in this direction. The Federation of Ukrainian Jews in America sent out appeals to the American Jews to help. But the American Jews failed to keep their pledge.”


Today’s issue of the Day (New York) contains this interesting news:

“The Spanish-Portuguese synagogue, Sharis Israel, at 70th Street and Central Park West, has instituted a quota system all its own, the result being that during the recent holidays the synagogue remained half empty.

“The Spanish-Portuguese synagogue has always maintained an attitude of an aristocratic, strictly-exclusive sort of prayer club, because it was the place where the exiles of the Spanish inquisition in the 17th cenutry prayed when they settled on Manhattan Island. To become a member of this synagogue one must go through various investigations.

“Evidently to ward off the efforts of some downtown Jews the president of the Sharis Israel issued a strict order that no one from Lower Manhattan would be allowed membership in his synagogue.”

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