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Arraigns Group on Repudiating Geneva Session

September 6, 1934
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Under the heading “Cowardice Could Go No Further!” the magazine Opinion in its current issue expresses uncompromising editorial denunciation of the American Jewish Committee for repudiating the recent World Jewish Conference in Geneva because it deemed the parley unrepresentative of the true sentiments of all Jewry.

Placing the organization in the same category as the League of National German Jews in Berlin, which in the August Reich plebiscite called upon the Jews of Germany to give a blanket endorsement to Hitler and his policies, the publication comments in part:

“As to the American Jewish Committee—it will be long before American Jewry will be able to forgive or forget its wanton and malicious assault upon the Geneva Conference. Regardless of ideological differences and political disagreements, the American delegates to the Conference had taken full and worthy part in stating the Jewish case against tyranny, with courage and with wisdom. . . .

“And then, because of an absurd headline written in New York—and for which not an atom of responsibility direct or indirect was attributable to the Geneva Conference—the American Jewish Committee lost its secretarial head in a frenzy of fear, and repudiated the conference ‘as representative of the opinion of Jews of the world, or as expressing the viewpoint of Jewish citizens of the United States.’

“No thought of the effect which repudiation might have upon the Jewish fate in other lands! No concern with the tragic implications of showing a divided and broken front to a common and advancing foe! Nothing but an hysterical and impotent gesture of self – protection! Cowardice could go no further. Self-distrust and self – contempt have been plumbed to their ultimate depths.”

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