Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

H. D. Nomberg, Jewish Novelist and Former Deputy, Declares Polish Jewish Agreement a Failure

March 5, 1926
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

“Two conditions for the betterment of the situation of the Jews in Poland are essential, first, that the leaders of Poland recognize that by ruining the Jews they ruin the country and secondly, that Poland obtain a loan in the United States, to which I believe she is entitled,” was the statement made by H. D. Nomberg, well known Jewish novelist and former member of the Polish Sejm when he arrived in New York on the steamer Zealand.

“We Polish Jews hope that sooner or later the Polish leaders will be convinced that anti-Semitism has brought no good to the country. We are also convinced that when Poland will obtain a loan in America, the economic possibilities of the Jews in Poland will improve,” he stated.

Commenting on the effects of the Polish Jewish agreement, Mr. Nomberg declared that agreement to be a failure. “This agreement was the result of a bargain which had to lead to the disappointment of both parties. The Polish leaders thought that the agreement would facilitate the obtaining of a loan for Poland. When this did not materialize, not a single condition of the agreement was fulfilled.

“It is abnormal when a government undertakes to conclude an agreement with its own citizens. This is an unheard of thing and is unmoral. When a government concludes an agreement with its citizens, it means that there are two parties which stand one against the other. A government can only be within its right when it aims toward the securing of happiness for its citizens without regard to race or religion and without conditions, without agreements and without understandings. An understanding is possible only when the two parties are willing to understand each other, which is more important than all the points of the unsuccessful Polish Jewish agreement.”

Mr. Nomberg, who came here for a three months visit to study American Jewish life, is on his second visit to this country, having been here in 1912.

He declared that the Polish Jews are greatly interested in the Jewish colonization work in Soviet Russia. “Many Jews in Poland envy their neighbors in Russia for the possibility of settling on the land. Had we had such an opportunity in Poland, there would be just as great a desire to settle on the land,” he stated, concluding that the misery which prevails among Polish Jewry is indescribable.

The new home of the Jewish Children’s Clearing Bureau, at 1646-48 Avenue A, New York, will be open for inspection Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Herbert M. Limburg made the gift of the home, a three-story building, as a memorial to her parents, the late Jacob and Rosa Rossbach. The building is valued at $75,000 and is to take the place of the present offices at 101 West 119th Street as the home of the bureau.

More than 600 members of the Brooklyn branch of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization, were present at a luncheon at the Hotel Astor Wednesday, on behalf of the United Palestine Appeal. It was in the nature of a fare-well to Miss Henrietta Szold, Hadassah leader, who will sail for Palestine on the Berengaria next Saturday.

Among the speakers were Mrs. Adolph Slomka, President of the Brooklyn Hadassah; Maurice Samuel, author of “You Gentiles.” and Dr. Israel H. Leventhal, head of the Brooklyn Jewish Centre. Mrs. Joseph Horowitz presided.

Recommended from JTA