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Warburg Addresses German Keren Hayesod Meeting in Munich

May 20, 1929
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European Zionists and non-Zionists were urged to follow the principle of unity evolved in the United States in regard to the extension of the Jewish Agency for Palestine work by Felix M. Warburg. who was the principal speaker at a meeting of the Munich Keren Hayesod.

Following greetings to the distinguished American visitor by the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Bavaria. Judge Neumeyer, and the president of the Federation of German Zionists. Kurt Blumenfeld. Mr. Warburg described his impressions of his Palestine visit. There is no more crisis in the Palestine upbuilding work, he said. New bloom is coming to the country and prosperity is visible in the orange growing industry, unity is coming about in Palestine Jewry.

The cause of the Jewish Agency is marching forward, because the Louis Marshall policy is being followed. “We Americans.” he stated, “have brought about unity in the Jewish ranks. European Jewry ought to do likewise. I admire and love Dr. Weizmann, who was physically weakened because of his opponents’ attacks. He has now improved. The Arab question will be solved when the Jews in Palestine will proceed wisely and in a conciliatory manner provided no foolish things are committed abroad.

“I came to Palestine. I saw and was conquered.” Mr. Warburg stated.

Speaking about the forthcoming Zionist Congress where the final ratification of the Agency is expected, Mr. Warburg stated that he is uncertain as to the Congress decision, but he hopes that the Congress will not show the outside world the evils of Jewish factionalism. “All depends on the united front,” he said.

“In the work of the Joint Distribution Committee. I had the opportunity of observing Jewish misery in forty-two countries. However, the characteristic thing about the Jews in those countries is that they are not ‘schnorrer’ people but are all driven by a will for self-help. This will toward self-help is evident not only in the philanthropic work of the New York Federation with its huge annual budget, but likewise in the work in Russia, in Poland, in Palestine and elsewhere,” he said.

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