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Echoes of Ford-sapiro Trial Resound in Balkans

April 14, 1927
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The echoes of the Ford-Sapiro trial have resounded widely in the Balkan countries and particularly in Jugoslavia.

The trial has been instrumental in awakening the latent forces of anti-Semitism. Henry Ford’s articles have been extensively translated and commented on even in the press of countries friendly to the Jews.

A characteristic symptom of anti-Semitism can be seen in the appearance of a series of articles under Henry Ford’s name in “Vidovdan”, a daily published in Novi Sad, the mouth-piece of a nationalist organization called “Orjuna”, with some 200,000 members. It is feared that the republication of Henry Ford’s “International Jew” may lead to serious outbreaks of anti-Semitic feeling, which may take the form of an organized movement.

In the articles Ford accuses the Jews of being an international gang of pillagers striving to subjugate the whole world through financial supremacy.

It is feared that Mr. Ford’s anti-Semitic propaganda will inspire Jugoslav financial circles, which are even now not very sympathetic to Jews, with some idea of organizing themselves in their struggle against them.

These Jugoslav financial circles being a power in the country’s politics would, by espousing Mr. Ford’s views, intensify an anti-Semitic movement in Jugoslavia, until now the part of the world where Jews may be said to live in comparative security.

Pledges to “give or get” $100,000 toward the fund of $1,500,000 for a new building for the Young Men’s Hebrew Association in a drive which begins on May 1st were made by a group of “Old Timers” of the Association at a dinner held Tuesday night in the present building of the Y. M. H. A. at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue, New York. Approximately $40,000 was contributed by the members present.

Ernest Katz, Vice-President of R. H. Macy Company, presided. Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, President of the Association and Chairman of the Campaign, Simon Gottschall, Judge Irving Lehman, former President of the Association, Albert Cohn, Congressman Rossdale, Jerome J. Hanauer, Henry M. Toch, and Assistant Corporation Counsel M. Maldwin Fertig, addressed the gathering.

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