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Bernard Richards Breaks in on Pro-german Lecture

May 4, 1933
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Rabbi A. B. Reines sails for Palestine on the Vulcania on May 6. He is taking with him 88 volumes of manuscripts by his father, the late Rabbi Yitzchak Yacov Reines, gaon of Lidow. Some of these works will be published in Palestine.

An impromptu debate on the German-Jewish question took place in Town Hall on Tuesday morning when Bernard G. Richards, executive secretary of the American Jewish Congress, broke into a lecture by Ellery Walter, author and traveler, who was explaining the Nazi anti-Semitic policies. Mr. Richards objected to Mr. Walter’s statement that the atrocity stories on German-Jewish persecutions were exaggerated, and offered to show proof of excesses committed by the Nazis.

“I am no Nazi,” the lecturer declared. But he asserted that the news on anti-Semitism has been given emphasis “out of all proportion” to the news of what is happening in Germany.

Robert E. Ely, director of the League for Political Education, which sponsored the lecture, permitted Mr. Richards to come up from the audience and state his point of view, in reply to Mr. Ellery. Mr. Richards said he would show documents and letters testifying to the brutal assaults on Jews in Germany, in controversion of Mr. Ellery’s remark that there was “a lot of atrocity bunk” being published about the German-Jewish situation.

Rabbi A. B. Reines sails for Palestine on the Vulcania on May 6. He is taking with him 88 volumes of manuscripts by his father, the late Rabbi Yitzchak Yacov Reines, gaon of Lidow. Some of these works will be published in Palestine.

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