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Depression Hit by Rabbi Pool As Nazi Cause

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The world economic crisis was given as the chief reason for the aggravation of religious intolerance and “unhappy Germany’s outbreak against the Jews,” by Rabbi D. De Sola Pool in an address last night before the Institute of Public Affairs.

Although misery sometimes makes men kin, it often obscures reality and drives them to a refuge of inferior prejudices, where “they find a scapegoat on whom to blame their misery,” he declared.

This is also the explanation, the speaker said, “of the sudden weed-like growth in America of numerous movements of organized prejudice and hate.”

While religious differences are historical conditions and inevitable, nevertheless, asserted Rabbi Pool, religious prejudices are entirely avoidable.


Possibilities of war can be forestalled only when all men submerge their petty religious prejudices and cooperate in mutual resistance to the many evils threatening human welfare, Rabbi Pool maintained.

“When we are faced by the innumerable problems of race relations, political corruption, the far-flung network of crime, gangsterism and racketeering, industrial unrest, unemployment, poverty, hunger and human misery, problems threatening the very stability of our society, how can men in their sanity spend their souls in the contemptible pettiness of prejudices instead of joining hands to work together against these tremendous evils which threaten to engulf us all alike?” he asked.

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