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PAGE TWO THE JEWISH TRANSCRIPT, SEATTLE MAY 5, 1933 0000wish TransCript Combined with THE JEWISH CHRONICLE A Weekly :Newspaper for the Jewish People of the Pacific Northwest Issued Every Friday at 1616 Eighth Ave., Seattle, Washington Phone Main 2715 HERMAN A. HOROWITZ ............................................... Editor and Publisher NATHAN KREMS ...................................................................... Associate Editor A. H. MILLER .......................................................................... Business Manager OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER ................ Walters Studio, Liggett Building A Weekly Publication Devoted to the Interests of the Jewish People of Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska. Entered as second class matter September 5, 1924, at the Post Office at Seattle Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Single Copies, 5 Cents $2.00 per Year Advertising Rates Upon Application 3s Vol. X. Friday, May 5, 1933 No. 9 Two Policies HERE seems to be the usual abyss between the policies of the American Jewish Congress and the American Committee in regard to the role of American Jewry in the German Jewish question. The American Jewish Congress demands an aggressive program of public demonstration which will proclaim to the world that American Jewry is ready to mobilize all its resources to stop the anti-Semitic activities of the Nazis. The American Jewish Committee believes in more re- straint. It has faith in negotiations and positively abhors demonstrations. To date it has not given its sanction to the demonstrations. And it took occasion this week, together with the B'nai B'rith, to denounce the protest parades called by the American Jewish Congress for May 10. Latest dispatches from Germany give one the impres- sion that German Jewry, while prepared for anything, is regaining its confidence. It hopes that the Hitler regime, burdened with the grave responsibility of restoring Ger- many's political and economic standing, will forget about its anti-Semitic platform and settle down to constructive work. Of course this is merely a hope, born of a wish strengthened by the quiet on the Nazi front for the last few days. The great question is whether Hitler, aware of the in- dignation among Jews in various countries, is loath to arouse public resentment or whether he believes that world Jewry is powerless to arouse the protest of the civilized world. The American Jewish Congress believes the former and therefore intends to keep up an aggressive campaign, warn- ing Hitler that American Jewry is ready and prepared to counteract any anti-Jewish move with dire results to the German nation. The American Jewish Committee, on the other hand, is careful not to show its trump card. It tries to impress the German Government with the fact that the Jewish leadership is holding back its constituencies in order to give the Hitler cabinet a chance to clean its own house of all the protagonists of violence. Who is right? Only the future will tell. But it is ex- tremely unfortunate that the American Jewish leadership cannot unite on one platform and that we are gambling with the safety of German Jewry instead of protecting it. 0 0 0 Schacht's Visit D R. HJALMAR SCHACHT, the new President of the Reichsbank and an ardent supporter of Hitler--with- out whose backing, indeed, Hider might not have gained power--is coming to America to participate in the eco- nomic conferences now in progress at Washington. American Jewry will watch with intense interest Presi- dent Roosevelt's attitude toward this representative of Naziland. Of course, it cannot be expected that President Roosevelt should lay down a sine qua non condition to the effect that unless Germany halt her economic war against the Jew, the United States of America will not negotiate with her. This is not likely to happen in the diplomatic world of 1933. It would, however, be perfectly proper for the Chief Executive of our country to tell Mr. Hitler, via Mr. Schacht, that the anti-Semitic activities of the German Government have aroused American public opinion to such a pitch that the American Government, reflecting the senti- ment of its people, cannot treat Germany with the same generosity and leniency which she would have received, had the disgraceful Hitlerite excesses not taken place. The press will probably never know what Mr. Roose- velt will tell Herr Schacht within the confidential confines of the blue room in the White House, but we venture a guess that President Roosevelt will say something to the German representative in connection with the Jewish sit- uation in Germany. And that something should be a real Rooseveltian comment--human, tolerant and fearless. But whatever President Roosevelt will do, we suggest that a delegation consisting of such gentlemen as Bernard Baruch, Henry Morgenthau, James Paul Warburg, and per- haps Eugene Meyer, Jr., call on Mr. Schacht and explain to him that American finance will abstain from every and any cooperative measure toward Germany unless Hitler calls off his war against the Jews. II STRICTLY.,, ] [ C, 0NFI2ENTIAL The Jessel-Talmadge romance is still burning and will soon reacll a they showed by their reactionary prosaic climax in a synagogue... "Yoshe Kalb," the Yiddish Art Theatre spectacle now in Chicago will not stay there more than a month (perhaps less), because the Windy City is really broke... Winchell re- minds us that Cardinal Hayes sent his check of $100 to the Association for the Jewish Blind... And the same irresponsible scoopster reveals that there is a photo of Hitler in feminine attire in circulation. The insiders insist that Hen- ry Morgenthau is slated for the post of U. S. Ambassador to Germany . . We can't be- lieve it, although the ex-Am- bassador to Turkey commutes every few days between New York and Washington. There are going to be two Rabbi Wises in Europe this summer. Jonah and Stephen are both scheduled to visit the old country within the near future . . . And Avigdor Goldsmid, the British Jewish leader, is finally com- ing to this country on his long de- layed trip. The Jewish Memorial Hospital of New York, an institution supported and maintained by Jews, treated more non-Jews than Jewish patients during the last decade, according to the annual report just issued. One of the biggest radio companies has given instruc- tions to their artists to omit the song "Auf Wiedersehen" from their repertory so as not to offend the anti-Hitlerites. And the song was written by AI Hoffman, Seattle's gift to Tin Pan Alley and a former synagogue choir leader! William S. Paley's five-year con- tract with Columbia Broadcasting System is about to expire and the future is doubtful, although he brought C. B. S. from less than a half a million gross into the $12,000,000 class. POINT OF ORDER Helen Rowland, a juvenile with plenty of Broadway experience, ac- cording to Louis Sobol, was engaged to play Rosalie in The Goldberg's radio act... This, because Rosalie Silvers, the original Rosalie, quit, refusing to accept a salary cut. So what happened? Miss Rowland was released after a few weeks and the original Rosalie returned... Broadway whispers that this was a dis- tinct case of race prejudice against Miss Rowland, who is not Jewish. So we ask the question: Why was Miss Rowldhd fired after Mrs. Molly Berg wrote her a letter compliment- ing her on her work? We may get a Jewish golf champion \\; in England... Miss Bea Gottlieb of New York sailed for the misty links of Great Britain to compete on May 15 in the British ladies' champion- ship. Richard Reis, ex-Ambassador Gerard's Jewish footman, committed suicide because he worried about his relatives in Germany. ProfessorNathanIsaac of Harvard was elected a director of Gimbel Brothers Department store... Now you know why one needs an educa- tion. Believe it or not, but 1,800 new members, mostly young men and women, have joined the ranks of the Order Brith Abraham. . . Credit should be given to "Her" Hitler (the spelling is right). You may be interested to know that Marcus and Singer of Bank of U. S. i fame are sweeping and nlopping floors in Sing Sing and trying unsuc- cessfully to get a better job. Justice Brandeis and Samuel Un- termyer are very active in mobiliz- ing all the liberal forces for the battle against the bankers in connection with the regulation of the sale of stocks and bonds to the public, now being waged at Washington. (Copyright S. A. F. S.) Jewish Calendar 5693 1933 :Lag b'0mer ................ Sunday, May 14 losh Chodesh Sivan..lnriday, May 26 1st Day Shabuoth ........ Wed., Y 31 *losh Chodesh Tammuz..Sun., June 25 ]Past of Tammuz....Tuesday, July 11 losh Chodesh Jkb....Monday, July 24 I'ast of .b ...... Wednesday, Jkugust 2 *losh Chodesh lllul_._Wsd., Aug. 23 *,lso observed the day previous as losh Chodesl .11 Jewish holidays begin at sunset the preceding secular day. i i CB r a "tn storms ][ HEN the Bourbons return- congregation and is today not /V ed to France after Napo- only nationally, but interna- lean's defeat at Waterloo, tionally, prominent. We may not agree with all his opinions, but we admire his courage and his backbone tlis former congregation at Port- land is today a smaller factor in the community than it was in 1906. Another instance of an attempt to muzzle a minister of the gospel took place in 1886 in New York, where Edward J. McGlynn was a modest parish priest. Strongly in sympathy with Henry George's single tax doc- trine, he repeatedly appeared on the public platform advocating it. He was at first suspended by Arch- bishop Corrigan, and subsequently excbmmunicated by the Pope. This arbitrary act by the Church aroused such indignation among Catholics throughout the United States that within eighteen months the Vatican revoked its excommunication, and Father McGIynn was re-admitted to priesthood. The arbitrary act of Temple Beth- Or has made Rabbi Goldstein a prom- inent figure and reduced the congre- gation to the level of some of the Southern churches where religion is intended only for salvation of the souls of the wealthy and the pro- tection of vested interests. Hitler and his cohorts slowly but surely are proceeding with their program of reducing German Jewry to a Ghetto status. A recent order issued re- duces the number of Jews in the professions, as well as in the higher institutions of learning, to 1 per cent of the total. Another order pre- vents German Jews from ob- taining kosher meats. The order against leaving the coun- try is being strictly enforced. These are merely two minor examples of what Jews are forced to undergo. The continuous ridicule, abuse and other acts tending to make their lives miserable, are, of course, not, broadcasted. The hope of German Jewry lies in the fact that the Nationalists and the Nazis are not cooperating in a harmonious manner. Before long, a breach may take place which will leave the Nazis in the minority and may result in the overthrow of Hit- ler. Seattle Jewry may differ on many ?oints -- the form of worship, the time when services are to be held and other minor details--but there is no difference of opinion when it )olicies that the French Revolution had taught them ,othing. And so the term "Bourbon" has come to designate, in popular parlance, per- sons unable to profit by experience. The Transcript carries news that Rabbi Benjamin Goldstein of Mont- gomery, Alabama, will lose his post because he addressed a public meet- ing and asked a fair trial and justice for the Negroes in the famous Scotts- boro case. This incident ilhstrates that the Bourbons in the South are noc limited to the reactionary South- erners who have failed to heed the lesson of the Civil War, but include our good brethern of the Temple. Rabbi Goldstein, through his courage in standing up for the oppressed, the poor and the lowly shows himself as being a worthy co-religionist of Louis D. Brandeis and Ben- jamin Cardozo, both of whom, in the Supreme Court of the United States, joined in the opinion of that court that the first trial of these Negroes had been unfair, that they had been deprived of their consti- tutional rights, and that it was the duty of every lawyer to become counsel for their defense. The action of Temple Beth-Or has made Rabbi Goldstein a national figure. And it has placed the con- gregation on a par with the former slaveholders of Dixieland. Reactionaries in Temples are by no means rare, though in justice it should be said that they are the ex- ception rather than the rule. Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, in 1906, was the head of the Reform congre- gation in Portland. He was then, as now, a man of positive opinions and strong convictions, always doing battle for the underdog. His sermons and public ut- ternaces did not always co- incide with the opinions of the wealthy and the conservative members of his congregation. He was informed that his ser- mons would in future have to be censored by the Board of Trustees. Rabbi Wise politely informed the congregation in very forcible Eng- lish that a rabbi is a teacher and that a teacher's opinions are not subject to revision or modification by those to whom they are addressed. Rabbi Wise resigned, went to New York, formed his own A MARGINAL NOTE No Discrimination By JOSEPH BRAININ Karl Marx, Lenin, Eduard Bernstein, Ivan Goll, Franz Werfel, Hugo yon Hoffmannsthal, Bernard Shaw, Ilya Ehrenburg, Lion Feuchtwanger, John Dos Passes, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank and August Strindberg. You note that there is no discrimination as to race or creed in this selection. Nordics and Semites rub elbows with Latins and Slavs. Even in the atmosphere of tragedy that envelops Ger- many these days it is difficult to repress a smile at this childish, naive and utterly futile gesture of the Hitlerites who attempt to free themselves of MONG THE BOOKS to be burned on May 10 by the Nazi youth as a protest against the domination of German culture by foreign elements are volumes by Upton Sinclair Remain Rol- land, Anatole France, Helen Keller, Shalom Asch, Henri Barbusse Alfred Doeblin, Albert Einstein, Jakob Wassermann, Heinrich Mann Thomas Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Arthur Schnitzler, Uanmuno Duchanel, Arnold Zweig, Stefan Zweig, Martin Buber, August Bebel ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Joseph Brainin ideas projected into the world by Einstein, Marx, Lenin, Shaw, Rolland and others by making a bonfire out of their printed words. A symptomatic action, it gives us a clear idea as to how Hitler in- tends to meet problems and "rebuild" German culture. It is even more pathetic than the impotent efforts of the peasants who tried to stop the first railroad trains bedause they believed the engines to be the devil's handiwork. Is it possible that there are Germans who seriously believe that the burning of books will destroy ideas which have become part and parcel of our world no less than the heavenly constellations? The distressing phase of this collegiate prank lies in the fact that the youth of Germany permits itself to be doped by the empty propa- ganda slogans of the Goebbels-Goering loudspeakers. It does not seem to wonder at the sight of a dictatorship that is supposed to "remake" Germany, wasting precious time and energy in playing boy's games instead of tackling the economic problems confronting the country. Although human stupidity is infinite we cannot understand what has happened to the wide-awake young men of Germany--those millions who read Erich Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front." Will the last vestige of their intelligence go up in smoke on the tenth of May? (Copyright S. A. S. F.) By Philip Tworoger comes to a thirst for knowledge. The attendance at Rabbi Philip A. Langh's first lecture on Post-Biblical History of the Jews proves that the Jew --be he Orthodox, Conserva- tive or Reform--wants to be informed on the past of his people, not only prior to the destruction of Jerusalem but during the two thousand years that our people have been wanderers in all lands. Judging from Rabbi Langh's first lectures, the five yet tc come surely will be both interesting and instruc- tive. The questions asked at the end of the lecture accurately signify the stimulating thought provoked by the lectures. CPlain Talk (Continued from Page 1) uted so much to our civilization." For, as Professor Nimmer- gewesenwar said (page 10, 336): "The last Jew was Iovet since he was the last and his ripe years were running swift- ly to their conclusion and after him there would be no more." The newspapers rejoiced, point- ing out that an age-old hate at last had come to an end and that, after all, no prejudice can last forever. There was a certain widget man- ufacturer who had caused books to be written against Jews but who now relented, saying: "I never had any grievance against the Jew, but only against Jews." The Last Jew contemplated his comfortable situation without van- ity and was not entirely happy even. What was the cause of his distress? His days were cold and empty! For, with the death of Mr. Goldberg, the delight of Jewish con- troversy had passed! Who was left with whom Mr. Ginsberg might Jewishly argue? Whom to denounce as traitor to Judaism? Whom to set aside and put in his place? Whom to blackball in the club? Not that Mr.' Ginsberg and Mr. Goldberg had any current Jewish is- sues of their own to engage their angers. They argued the problems that had caused their remote an- cestors to pass indignant resolu- tions against each other. Contro- versy in Israel had come, at last, to an end. What was there for the Last Jew? He stood, a champion, with- out an adversary. Not even were there anti-Semites to consume with his wrath. Every one was in agree- ment with him: He was God's nobleman. He was the heir of a great people..He was the light of the world. Nevertheless, there was a cer- tain satisfaction in his unique situation. He was the undis- puted leader of Jewry! In the time of his forefathers every Jew was a leader and when one Jew arose another was quick to ask: "Is this a leader? No! I am the leader!" And when one Jew led this way, another led that way, and when one Jew spoke of Israel, another asked: "Who is he to speak for us? Only I am the spokesman of Israel." But for the glory of the Last Jew there was no interruption. Now Mr. Gmsberg had the last word and though he felt cold without the hot air of con- troversy, he delighted in his po- sition as unchallenged leader. The Last Jew almost was a con- tented one. The time came for Mr. Ginsberg to die. The newspapers placed re- porters on his doorstep in order that his death might be instantly reported; for the Last Jew dying had attained such an importance in the opinion of mankind as all of Jewry together living in all the times before never had enjoyed. He died and his ghost was com- mended to eternity with fullsome eulogies to an extinct people. Jewry was dead at last and every one spoke well of it. The leading widget manu- facturer said: "Once I heard my great-uncle say that some of his best friends were Jews." (Copyright S.A.F.S.)