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IF I WERE A JEW
By GENERAL HUGH S.
JOHNSON
The former administrator
of the NRA and noted news
paper columnist states in
vigorous and deeply moving
words his sympathy for Jews
in lands of oppression, sound
ing a clarion call for the full
est support for Refugees by
Americans of all creeds.
Since the savage yellow hordes
of Ghengis Khan swept like a
blight from the China Sea to the
Danube River, leaving behind them
great pyramids of skulls and acne
of smoking ruins, the world has
never seen any such Christless ex-
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ample of “man’s inhumanity to
man” as the deluge of slaughter
and torture that darkens Europe
and threatens civilization today.
In the comfort and safety of our
distance and detachment, it seems
to us incredible. The horrible news
of much of it obscured by censor
ship but enough leaks through
from returning eye-witnesses to
arouse in us such emotions of con-
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tempt and indignation as make it
hard to refrain from crying havoc
and urging flaming national ac
tion.
Yet this, no responsible Ameri
can who is aware of all the forces
working in this detestable com
plex, can do. This country has been
and still remains the only safe
refuge on the globe for the victims
of such insensate prejudice and
cruelty. It is better not merely
for our 180,000,000 people but for
the whole world that we keep it
so and not risk the last best hope
on earth by entangling it in the
complex double crossing, deceitful
maze of either European diplomacy
or European war. It is better for
us and it is necessary for us to
draw closer to each other In one
compact front and so perfect the
defenses of this hemisphere that
we can keep this pestilence of the
Old World out of it—come what
may.
That is easy to say but it is hard
to take, especially by those who
are tied by bonds of blood, race or
religion to unfortunates dear to
tuem who are caught in that terri
ble trap. The impulse is strong,
human and understandable to urge
national aggressive action for the
sake of the particular kindred
which is ours. This is supposed to
be our weakness. We come from
so many diverse peoples that it is
sometimes said that we are neces
sarily a nation of divided loyalties.
It is not true. We proved in the
World War that it is not true. We
are proving it again today and this
time no group among us is prov
ing it in a test more poignant than
that of Americans of Jewish ori
gin, whether of our pre-Revolu
tionary stock—of whom we have
not a few—or recent immigrants
whose immediate family ties are
much closer and hence more
strong.
For never in the whole long
bloody history of the persecution
of the Jews has anything been seen
to approximate this extermination
by slaughter, exile, famine, depri
vation and disease that the Nazis
have imposed in every country,
starting with their own, spreading
to the conquered countries of
Czechoslovakia and Austria and
reaching an apex of bloody bar
barism in Poland.
God knows what has happened
there. It is a certainty that man
kind in the mass and possibly by
i the millions has been driven food
; less, and without shelter into con
gested, impoverished, stripped and
barren areas to starve, freeze or
perish by disease and without re
gard to age, sex, or physical con
dition.
If I were an American Jew it
would be an almost overwhelming
impulse with me to seek to bring
the majesty and the strength of
my country into this conflict to the
rescue of my people. I have never
heard a Jewish voice raised to urge
tuat. The record of this restraint
is the highest proof that could be
made of the loyalty, honor and pa-
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triotism of Americans of Jewish
extraction.
It is a high example to others
in this country who, having no
such restraint, form their sympa
thies, indignation or opinion, plead
everything from contributions
from the United States Treasury
to military or naval action. Any
such thing urged through Govern
ment action is an attempt to force
other people who may not agree
with them to do, and pay, and sac
rifice, and perhaps die, for some
thing which these opinionated peo
ple are unwilling to do individually
but are quite prepared to make
their countrymen do collectively.
It has always seemed to me that
there is an excellent alternative
for them. If they want to fight,
there are many foreign legions
where they can do so. If they
want to pay, they can also do that
to their heart’s content In neither
case will they involve their coun
try.
Now, Jewish people are not alien
to us. They are of the race which
gave us our religion—not only the
Old Testament but the mother of
our Lord Jesus Christ. They gave
us all the pillars of our faith and
when I say “our faith” I say “our
civilization”—the Ten Command
ments, the Golden Rule and the
Sermon on the Mount—the funda
mentals of democracy, decency,
fairness and charity throughout
the human race. Men and women
of their people also gave the world
some of its most profound philo
sophy, its highest art, its most
beautiful music and poetry, a ba
sis of its laws and more than its
share of the advance in science
alike in industry and in the heal
ing arts of medicine and surgery.
No, they are not alien to us. In
that and in many other senses
they are our own.
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