In telegraph and cable communications to Avery Brundage, president of the American Olympic Committee, and to William M. Garland, and Brigadier General Charles Sherrill, American members of the International Olympic Committee, the American Jewish Congress yesterday called for an inquiry as to how Dr. Theodor Lewald, German Olympic representative squares his statement that Jews would be permitted to train for and participate in the Olympics with the threat of Dr. Goebbels on May 11, that under no circumstances would Jews be permitted to enjoy equal rights with Germans.
The messages were signed by Dr. Stephen S. Wise and Bernard S. Deutsch, who reiterated the demand that the International Olympic Committee investigate conditions in Germany by trusted representatives other than Germans Failing that, they asked the Americans to turn down Germany’s invitation for the Olympics until the American representatives have time to conduct an inquiry of their own. Such an investigation, say the messages, will conclusively prove that the “Aryan” paragraph applies to Jews in sports and elsewhere in Germany.
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