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Walter Rathenau is Honored in Germany

September 1, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The monument to the memory of the late German President, Friedrich Ebert, and the two murdered foreign ministers, Mathias Erzberger and Walter Rathenau, was unveiled with great ceremony this week at Hohenstein, near Witten. The inscription on the pedestal reads: “To the three great republicans, Erzberger, Rathenau and Ebert.”

Members of over a hundred branches of the Republican Banner Organization took part in the ceremony. There were also present the Executive of the Republican Banner Organization and representatives of the Social Democrats, the Democrats and the Centre (Catholic) Party.

The President of the Prussian State, Herr Amelunxen, delivered an address in the name of the Prussian Government in which he said: “The Prussian Government regards it as appropriate in this solemn moment to declare that the three German statesmen Ebert, Erzberger and Rathenau will live forever in the history of the German people, which owes them a debt greater than it can ever repay. We hope that this monument which has just been unveiled will remain a perpetual symbol of the gratitude of the German people to its great leaders at the most difficult period in its history.”

An appeal for a fund of $10,000 to be raised during September, was issued by the American Pro-Falasha Committee. The fund is to be used for the normal school maintained by the Committee at Addis-Abeba, Abyssinia, and for the work among the Falasha Jews in Abyssinia.

The appeal is signed by the officers of the Committee, Dr. Cyrus Adler of Philadelphia, Honorary Chairman; Dr. Elias Margolis of Mr. Vernon, Chairman; Dr. Joseph Rauch of Louisville. Vice-Chairman; Dr. Elias L. Solomon of New York City, Treasurer; and Rabbi J. Max Weis. New York City, Secretary. The officers explained that the larger appeals conducted in America during the past two years have resulted in smaller contributions to the fund of the American Pro-Falasha Committee.

This condition has created a deficit of $10,000 which must be eliminated before the close of September in order to insure that the Normal School at Addis-Abeba for the training of leaders and teachers among the Falashas, shall continue to remain open. The budget of $16,000 does not make provision for the larger program, which has been temporarily suspended during the appeals for European relief.

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