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Laguardia Suggests Hitler in World Fair “horror Chamber” As an Example

March 4, 1937
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The necessity of isolating Nazi Germany from the rest of the world, particularly through the anti-Nazi boycott, was emphasized today by speakers addressing about 1,000 women at the annual twenty-dollar luncheon of the American Jewish Congress Women’s Division.

Michael Williams, editor of Commonweal, Catholic weekly, warned against the spread of Nazism and anti-Semitism in the United States. He suggested that the 1939 New York World’s Fair establish a building devoted to “human and divine liberty.”

Mayor LaGuardia, seconding the suggestion, said: “I will add an annex to Dr. Williams’ suggestion. I would have a chamber of horrors added to this temple. In it I would place that brown-shirt fanatic. I’d give them an example they could look at and learn.”

Other speakers included Fannie Hurst, the author, Dr. Stephen S. Wise and Mrs. Wise, president of the Women’s Division, who presided.

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