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Author Denounces Nordic Theory in Immigration; Brands It As Outrageous

November 2, 1926
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The present method of restrictive immigration in the United States is unsound and outrageous, John Palmer Gavit, an author, declared before members of the Conference on Immigration Policy at a luncheon meeting Saturday at the Town Hall Club.

“I have no patience,” he said, “with the basis used for discrimination–that one man is racially superior to another. There is more difference between different members of one race than between different races. The great Nordic race is bunk, pure and simple. No separate test should be applied to the Japanese or any other people.”

Mr. Gavit pointed out the relationship of immigration and naturalization, and declared that “every individual between the two poles should be eligible to United States citizenship, provided he can pass an individual standard which should be the same for all races.” The test, he added, should be, in effect, the testimony of the citizens among whom the applicant has lived. The nation should set the same restrictions for voting upon the native-born as upon the foreign-born, the speaker said.

JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES

A settlement house costing more than $500,000 is to be erected in East Twelfth Street, New York City, and presented by Fred L. Lavanburg, color manufacturer, to the Hannah Lavanburg Home for Girls, which he established eight years ago in memory of his mother. The new building will have housing and recreational facilities for working girls of the Jewish faith.

The new building will be seven stories high. There will be accommodations for about 150 girls. Provision will be made for religious and athletic activities. with swimming pool, gymnasium and auditorium for entertainment and religious services. The auditorium is being planned to seat 600 persons. In the basement there will be a school.

A fiery cross was placed on the lawn in front of the home of Deputy Attorney General Israel M. Lerner at 96 Warwick Street, Brooklyn, N. Y., early Saturday morning. Mr. Lerner is a candidate for Justice of the City Court.

Representative Sol Bloom, of New York, announced plans for a cooperative farm for the benefit of graduates of orphans’ homes and similar institutions.

Mr. Bloom proposes the formation of a $1,000,000 company for the purchase of a large tract on which will be developed an agricultural colony for those who have been graduated from these institutions. The farm is to be conducted on the cooperative basis. Approximately 1,000 acres will be required. The project calls for raising $1,000,000 through the issue of bonds secured by ownership of parcels of land in the colony.

Representative Zionists from more than seventy communities are expected to participate in the annual conference of the Northern New Jersey Region of the United Palestine Appeal which will be held in Newark, N. J. today.

Among the speakers will be Louis Lipsky, president of the Zionist Organization of America; Aaron Levinstone, chairman of the United Palestine Appeal in Newark and Meyer S. Mintz, chairman of the Newark Zionist District.

The regional quota for the 1927 United Palestine Appeal will be announced at today’s meeting.

Mrs. Joseph Leblang was elected President of Ivriah, the women’s branch of the Jewish Education Association. She succeeds Mrs. Jacob Schwartz. Mrs. Samuel H. Golding and Mrs. Gabriel Hamburger were chosen Associate Chairmen, Mrs. David N. Mosessohn, Secretary, and Mrs. Max Schwartz, Treasurer.

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