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January 29, 1934
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“We in America, who always pride ourselves on our pau record as the haven for the oppressed of other lands, have little to boast of in the part which these United States have played thus far toward the victims of Germany’s political and racial persecutions,” charged Dr. Israel Goldstein, advocating “Refuge for Germany’s Political1 Victims!” yesterday before Congregation B’nai Jcshurun, 88th Street west of Broadway.

“When the history of these troubled times will be written, our record as an asylum offering nation will rank far below the records of other nations, who though smaller, poorer and far less able to do it than we, have freely extended their hospitality to the victims of twentieth century medievalism,” he asserted.

Dr. woitistein louna cause of some gratification in the recent announcement that at last the United States will ease the barriers” by administrative changes in the immigration laws, “This may seem like a ‘new deal’ for victims of Nazidom,” he said. “In the light of America’s former tradition of the right to asylum, it is not a ‘new deal’ but merely a renewal of andeal’ but merely a renewal ot an ‘old deal’.” He emphasized that “some of our most highminded and most useful citizens have been refugees from the political turmoil in Central Europe -during the middle of the nineteenth century. The would-be immigrants who are knocking at our door today are likewise men and women of the highest culture and idealism. Germany’s loss will surely be America’s gain.”


Signalling the NRA as “the forerunner of the greatest social and spiritual renaissance in American history,” Rabbi ” William Margolis, preaching the anniversary sermon at the Saturday services of Ohab Zedek, 118 West 95th Street, which celebrated its sixtieth birthday yesterday, summoned his flock to strict observance of Orthodoxy. Heralded by President Roosevelt’s stupendous program of economic recovery, a new era is at hand for the revaluation of religious


“To try to sever Christianity from its Hebrew, origin is like catting a tree off from its roots, without which it canfiot live,” declared Rev. David M. Cory of Cuyler Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, one of two guest ministers who addressed Congregation Mount Sinai, 305 State Street, Brooklyn, at a goodwill service.

“Our future is so inextircably interwoven that the Jewish and Christian people of this country could never be put asunder,” said the other speaker, Rev. Bradford Young of Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague Streets.


“Those to whom justice and freedom are precious must erect bulwarks against the rising Fascist tide before it is too late,” exhorted James Waterman Wise in his address on “The Rising Fascist Tide: Will It Overwhelm Us?” delivered at the Free Synagogue, Carnegie Hall, yesterday.

He described Fascism as the last-ditch struggle of an obsolescent capitalism to maintain its Faltering grip on civilization. “The threat of Fascism is neither to be ignored nor laughed out of court,” he contended. “It must be fought unceasingly.and relentlessly by all those???Christians and Jews, thinkers, writers and workers???who know that our world is in a state of revolution today. We must choose between a capitalist-militarist-Fascist reaction and such radical and even revolutionary measures as will insure economic and hence ultimately human emancipation.”

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