After an interview with Governor Alf M. Landon, two Kansas City Jewish leaders today expressed the view that the Republican nominee for the presidency is “free of anti-Semitism and other prejudices based on race and religion.”
The leaders, Rabbi Samuel S. Mayerberg of Congregation B’nai Jehudah, and Joseph Cohen, attorney and B’nai B’rith leader, issued the following joint statement:
“Race and religious issues have no place in this campaign. They are un-American and are raised purely for the purpose of appealing to the baser instincts of prejudice and bigotry.
“Both candidates of the major parties are free from anti-Semitism and other prejudices based on race and religion. Jews and Gentiles alike should choose their candidates on the basis of the candidates’ stand on the great national issues confronting this nation at this time.
“The record of Governor Landon is proof of the fair-minded and liberal attitude which he has always maintained–that of a wholesome respect and understanding of the peoples of all races and creeds.”
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