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Thousands of persons gathered tonight at the Madison Square Garden to protest against German persecution. The rally was arranged by the American Sponsoring Committee against Nazi Outrages which represents many organizations, most of them non-Jewish. The meeting was sponsored by 17 State governors and a number of senators.

Meanwhile, protests mounted against the broadcast address last night of Father Charles E. Coughlin from Royal Oak, Mich., in which, while protesting persecution, he said it had followed the spread of beliefs that the Jews were the leaders of Communism and that Jews had risen to influence radio, journalism and finance. Station YMCA, local outlet for the speech, immediately afterward broadcast a statement that he had “uttered certain mistakes of fact.” Today the American Jewish Federation to Combat Communism and Fascism telegraphed Father Coughlin demanding that he retract the implication that Jews led Communism, which, the telegram said, could have no other effect than promoting and fostering inter-racial strife.”

In contrast to Father Coughlin, Cardinal O’Connell, addressing 400 college students at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross yesterday, declared that Germany was under the heel “of a little group who are striving to cast out not only the Jews, but God himself” and termed this “insanity.” The nation-wide movement of protest against Nazi persecution continued, with many organizations and persons issuing statements denouncing the oppression.

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