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Jewish Protest Bars Passion Play Performance in Savannah

September 12, 1930
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Following a vigorous protest by the Jewish community, the Savannah Opera Association has decided to give up its plan to bring the Freiburg Passion Play here for several local performances. The Board of the Association had previously voted to authorize the president to sign the necessary contracts and when the committee called on the president he was about to attach his signature to the document calling for five performances.

As a result of the protest the committee was given the opportunity to appear before a special meeting of the Board where it effectively demonstrated that the Freiburg Passion Play would arouse anti-Jewish feelings, that it was purely a commercial undertaking and had not received any too good treatment at the hands of American critics and that the claims of the Fassnachts’ representative that the Jews in other cities gave the company their assistance were easily controverted.

Rabbi George Solomon, of Congregation Mickve Israel; Morton H. Levy, president of the same congregation and William Pinsker, executive director of the Jewish Educational Alliance, led the fight against the presentation of the Passion Play and were assisted by a committe composed of representatives of both local congregations.

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