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Charge Anti-semitism in Resignations of Four U.S. Assistant Dist- Attorneys

May 17, 1929
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The charge that anti-Semitism was a motive in the acceptance of the resignations of four assistant United States Attorneys in Brooklyn attached previously to the office of William A. De Groot, removed by President Hoover at the request of the Department of Justice, was denied by United States District Attorney Howard W. Ameli of Brooklyn, appointed to succeed Mr. De Groot.

Murry Boxer, Morris Scheinick, Julius Braunschweig and Arthur A. Kestler are the United States Assistant District Attorneys whose resignations were accepted by the new incumbent. Mr. Ameli stated that he would have no further announcement to make within the next few days. Mr. Boxer, after his resignation was accepted, declared that the only reason for his resignation was that he had refused to work on Saturdays or Jewish holidays. The United States District Attorney replied that the question of office efficincy alone had guided him in accepting the resignations.

Assemblyman Julius S. Berg of the Third Assembly District, Bronx, Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, made public yesterday to the press the text of a telegram he addressed to President Hoover asking that an investigation be ordered into the matter. Assemblyman Berg stated in his telegram that he did not know whether religious bias played any part in the acceptance of the resignations and added that his organization would be just as zealous in finding out the Jew who would make a false accusation to arouse Jewish sympathy as it would be in acting to protect Jewish interests.

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