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Zionists and Non-Zionists Laud JTA for Its Services to the Jewish Cause

March 30, 1942
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Congratulations on its twenty-fifth anniversary continued to reach the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today from organizations and Jewish leaders in all parts of the country. All emphasized the important services rendered by the JTA to Jewish life during the twenty-five years of its existence.

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the administrative committee of the World Jewish Congress and member of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, stated: “The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is Justified in being proud of the record of its achievements during the twenty-five years of its existence. It has been an invaluable source of information both for Jews and Gentiles about what is happening in Jewish life, and, in performing its task, it is rendering a great service to the Jewish cause. Especially in the last ten years of tragic and radical changes in Jewish life in so many European countries, when it was almost impossible to obtain accurate information, the JTA has performed a unique task in maintaining contact with these countries and giving the facts to the outside world. I hope that the JTA will continue for many years to come to bring impartial and objective information on Jewish developments in all parts of the world.”

Judge Horace Stern declared: “I have often said, and again repeat, that I consider the Jewish Telegraphic Agency an invaluable aid to all our communal causes and organizations. It serves our eyes and ears; without it we could not know what was happening to our people throughout the world, and without that knowledge, of course, we would be unable to act intelligently or to aid those who need it most.”

Louis E. Kirstein, chairman of the American Jewish Committee, wrote: “The Jewish Telegraphic Agency with its world-wide service for gathering news has been able to keep alive before the bar of public opinion, the unjust and discriminatory treatment, as well as the ruthless persecution which has befallen our people in so many parts of the world. Moreover, the reporting has generally been of a high order and such as to commend the approval of the journalistic community.”

James Becker, chairmen of the National Council of the Joint Distribution Committee, praising the JTA services for the last twenty-five years, said: Not only, in my opinion, is the JTA valuable for those Jews who wish to keep posted about Jewish current affairs, but it also is an important instrumentality in keeping posted the world in general about Jewish matters and in correctly interpreting many of these happenings in an impartial manner.”

James N. Rosenberg, chairman of the Dominican Republic Settlement Association, declared; “The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in printing the truth about what is happening to the Jews of the world and about what they are doing, renders an invaluable service. This work deserves support, not only of Jews but of all thinking men who are devoted to the cause of democracy and civilization, and the decencies of life.”

Baron Robert de Rothschild stated in a message: ” While I was in France, looking after all the refugee work with which we had to deal – from 1933 to 1939 and which was, during these years, my constant activity, the news given by the JTA was most valuable at all times to our committees. Since I am here, myself a refugee, it is with the greatest of interest that I most regularly read your issues. The envelope of your cable dispatches is always anxiously awaited and opened by me in my daily morning mail.”


Charles J. Liebman, president of the Refugee Economic Corporation, sent a message stating: “For its comprehensive and faithful reporting of Jewish news during the last quarter-century, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency merits our warmest congratulations. For its valued contribution to the Jewish cause through a unique and thoughtful presentation of news, all Jewry owes it a debt of thanks.”

Max Gottschalk, president of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, and Dr. James Bernstein, director, in a joint statement said; “At a recent meeting of the Bureau of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, it was unanimously decided to send sincerest congratulations to you on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. We wish to particularly stress our appreciation of young apparent understanding of the difficulties of our work and your cooperation with us in every possible way.”

Abraham, Herman, president of the Hias, wrote: “The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is a significant event in Jewish journalism as well as in the communal life of our people. In striving to present news of Jewish interest, impartially and efficiently, the Agency is rendering a service not only to the editors and readers of the various publications it is serving but to the community as a whole. Hitlerism has, during the past decade, demonstrated the power of the lie and if unchecked and unresisted, would lead to great confusion, havoc and destruction.”

Dr. David Lvovitch, sending greetings in behalf of the ORT, wired: “I am sending my sincerest congratulations for your most important activity on behalf of the Jewish interests. Please accept my best wishes for successful continuance of your in dispensable work.”

The American OSE sent a message signed by Dr. Julius Brutzkus and Dr. Leon Wulman reading: “Heartiest congratulations to the anniversary of your organization which for twenty-five years served the Jewish people with zealous endeavor and excellent results May the time to come bring you the same great success and appreciation. Accept also the sincerest thanks from the Union OSE for countless services rendered to it in man countries.”

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