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AN INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLIC ATION IN THIS TERRITORY
VOL 18 NO. 7
IT HAPPENED
THIS WEEK
BY BOLTON BROWN, JTA
POLISH PREMIER SPEAKS
AGAINST ATROCITIES
A request by the Vatican that
it be allowed to send representa
tives to occupied Poland for the
purpose of investigating the re
ports of mass killing of Poles and
Jews by the Nazi occupation au
thorities was rejected by Hitler,
the London press Reported this
week.
“To realize the extent of the
monstrous massacre of Jews,”
General Sikorski, the Polish Pre
mier declared in New York this
week, “you must imagine the
whole of Manhattan closed in by
ghetto walls behind which all the
Jews of the Western hemisphere
have been imprisoned and grad
ually and methodically extermin
ated in groups of several thous
ands daily by machine guns or in
lethal gas chambers, or by elec
trocution.”
To illustrate the unity brought
about by the Nazi oppression,
General Sikorski quoted a proc
lamatioin circulated secretly in
various Polish circles, reading as
follows:
"The total number of Jews
killed has reached one million,
this number being increased daily.
All perish; the rich and the poor,
the aged and women, men, youth
and infants. Their ( only crime
was that they were bom into the
Jewish people, who are condemn
ed to extermination by Hitler.
Therefore, we, Catholics and
Poles, desire to speak. We do
not want to be Pilates. We can
not actively counteract the Ger
man crimes, cannot help anything
nor save anybody, but we protest
from the bottom of our hearts,
filled with compassion, indigna
tion and horror.”
ADMIRAL D ARLAN AND
ELMER DAVIS
The storm over Admiral Darlan
has forced him to make a speech,
attempting to explain himself.
He blames the Germans for much
of his past saying that
German spies watched every step
he took. As regards the Jews, he
declared that measures have been
taken to remove the discrimina
tions against them brought about
by German pressure.
But the Admiral will have to
do better than that. Elmer Davis,
head of the Office of War Infor
mation, declared this week that
a North African radio station,
Radio Moroc at Rabat, controlled
by Admiral Darlan, quoted an
anti-Semitic publication in one of
its broadcasts. The article, writ
ten by a Frenchman named Pi
erre Bouttang, appealed to the
people not to believe that their
fight is “that of the Jews and
liberals." It recounted dire stories
of how the Jews had “invaded”
Paris and Marseilles.
Mr. Davis, commenting at his
press conference, said that the
publication represented only a
single fanatical leader of a
small reactionary youth move
ment. He reported that of
twenty-one news items used by
Radio Moroc on that day, thirteen
were supplied by the Office of
War Information. "Cooperation,”
said Mr. Davis, "is improving, but
occasionally they put over some
thing like this on us.”
Mr. Davis added that Milton
Eisenhower,* associate .director of
thq OWI, (Is now la Algiers eharg-
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1942
SEN. PEPPER CLOSES 77th
CONGRESS WITH ATTACK
ON NAZI "MURDER
OF RACES”
WASHINGTON (JTA) Sen.
Claude Pepper, Florida Democrat,
brought down the curtain on the
77th Congress this week with a
brief but strong appeal for the de
struction of Hitler and his satel
lites for the “murder of races that
is being carried out by this fiend
and devil.”
The Florida senator predicted
that a day of justice will come
when “not only Hitler shall be
hanged higher than Haman, but
his satellites, who have been his
lesser gangsters, shall have to pay
in the peoples courts of the coun
tries he has ravaged for the
crimes they have personally com
mitted.”
“It is not war but butchery of
which they have been guilty,” he
said. “It is the murder of races
that is being carried out by this
fiend and devil whom the earth
must consider its enemy until he
and those who support him have
been totally destroyed and made
impotent.” )
Bressler Dies
New York (JPS)—David M.
Bressler, insurance broker, active
for forty years in Jewish commun
al effort, died here at the age of
63 after a prolonged illness. Born
in Germany, Mr. Bressler was
brought to America at 5. Follow
ing his induction* into law, he be
came associated with Jewish, wel
fare work in 1900 with the Indus
trial Removal Office, an agency to
resettle! the Jewish immigrants of
that time in other parts of the
country. Mr. Bressler played an
important role in the Joint Dis
tribution Committee, visiting a
broad on several occasions on its
behalf, and heading its campaign
activities in this country. He was
a chairman of the Allied Jewish
Campaign of 1930 and was at one
time president of the National
Conference of Jewish Social
Workers.
NAZIS MAKE" CHRISTMAS
GIFTS” OF ANTI-SEMITIC
LITERATURE
London (JPS)— Large quantities
of anti-Semitic literature trans
lated into the Danish language
have been brought from Germany
into Denmark and are being of
fered as “free Christmas gifts” to
the readers of the lone pro-Nazi
newspaper in the country, Fater
landet.
The Swedish press reports that
the brutality of the Nazis has a
roused the indignation of the Dan
ish people, strengthening their de
termination to resist any attempt
on the part of pro-Nazi Premier
Scavenius to introduce anti-Jew
ish measures.
SPEAKS FOR CATHOLICS
The Duke of Norfolk, Parlia
mentary Secretary for Agricul
ed with fostering cooperation be
tween the,Office of War Informa
tion and the radio stations con
trolled by Darlan. Mr. Eisen
hower Is a brother of the Gen-
clear statement by Elmer
Davis argurs well. It is c£ar
♦w his bureau is closely watch
tag the North African scene.
Out*
r 'Vr * *,t *
i i f r\ Ml pro
m ■ x Hk h Y-'
Dr. Barnett R. Brlckner, Cleveland,
Ohio, newly appointed associate
chairman of the Committee on
Army and Navy Religious Activi
ties of the National Jewish Welfare
Board.'
GERMANS WITHHOLD
INFORMATION ON
LOST JEWS
London (JPS-Palcor) —Individ-
ual inquiries concerning Jews who
have been deported or have dis
appeared fail to bring any results,
it is reported here, because the
German authorities in charge of
Red Cross branches refuse to di
vulge any information as to the
whereabouts of such persons. The
International Red Cross Commit
tee has been entirely unable to
trace arrested, disappeared or de
ported civilians in German-occu
pied territories for this reason.
i
ture and Fisheries, speaking on
behalf of the Catholics of the
country, associated, himself “most
solemnly with the Declaration,” as
cheers greeted his remarks.
Prayer For The New Year
By THE SYNAGOGUE COUNCIL OF AMERICA
Lord, in Whose eyes a thousand years are as one day,
As the nation turns a new page in its calendar, we turn
our thoughts and our hearts anew to Thee.
Weighed down by a sense of our own weakness we seek
strength from Thee. Penitent for our sins] we implore Thy
merciful forgiveness. Unto Thy salvation we wait, O Lord.
Heavy has been the burdens of the year now behind us.
Heavier still may be the burdens that lie ahead. May we have
the strength to carry them. If trials and adversity be in store,
may we have the fortitude to bear them. Should new duties
and responsibilities; open up before us, may we have the vision
to see them and the wisdom to fulfill them. And when the
road seems long and hard, may we be sustained by the faith in
the victory of good over evil.
For millions of Thy children, our brothers and sisters who,
during the pask year, have been massacred by the defamers of
Thy Name, we sorrow and grieve. For millions who are peril
ed on the threshold of the new year, we tremble. How long,
O Lord, how long, wilt Thou suffer the arrogance of the
wicked?
Humbly we bow before Thy Will, whate’er betide. Yet
we pray that Thou mayest deem us worthy of Thy favor.
We ask Thy blessing upon our country and our people,
upon our President and his aides that they may lead us for
ward, upon our youth in the battlefronts that they may prove
equal to every test, upon all of us, whatever be our task, that
we may be* found not wanting, and upon all the nations united
In the struggle against tyranny and godliness.
“Arise, O Lord, and let Thine enemies be scattered!”
Thus under Thy Providence, may it be given each of us
and all of to together to help achieve the day of victory and
peace. Audi when the day comes, for .the new world to be bora
ontof the pangs of .the old world, “qnay the work of righteous
ness be peace and the effect of righteousness, quietness and
assurance forever.” Amen.
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seres ? :o be rumshed
Declare United Nations
British Parliament Honors
Murdered Jews
LONDON (JTA) —An unusual scene took place in the
House of Commons this week when every member of the
House rose and stood in silence for one minute to commem
orate the Jews massacred by the Nazis in Europe. This
demonstration followed the reading by Foreign Secretary
Anthony 1 Eden of the text of the joint declaration issued by
the United States, Britain, Russia, Fighting French and
eight other governments of the United Nations condemn
ing Germany’s “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermina
tion” of Jews and pledging that those responsible “will not
escape retribution.”
Prior to reading the declaration,
Mr. Eden made the following an
nouncement :
“I regret to inform the House
that reliable reports have recently
reached the Government regard
ing the barbarous and inhuman
treatment to which Jews are sub
jected in German-occupied Eu
rope. The Government has, in
particular, received a note from
the Polish Government which was
also communicated to other mem
bers of the,.United Nations, and
has at the same time received
publicity in the press. The British
Cabinet has, as a result, been in
consultation with the United
States, Soviet and other Allied
Governments directly concerned,
and I should like to take this* op
portunity to communicate to the
House the full text of the declar
ation which is being made public
today in London, Moscow and
Washington.”
Members of the House of Com
mons, after observing the minute
of silence, asked the Foreign Sec
retary whether something can be
done to save some of the remain
ing Jews in Nazi-held countries
and also whether immediate relief
measures could be taken for those
tortured by the Nazis. Eden re
plied that arrangements have been
made by the Allied Governments
to secure the rescue of some of the
Nazi victims. “There are immense
difficulties standing in the way,
but the Allies are doing all they
can to alleviate the horrors,” he
declared. He also emphasized
that there 'are great difficulties in
getting the neutral , and non
belligerent countries to admit
Jewish refugees.
British Public Impressed By
Pro-Jewish Demonstrations
In Parliament
LONDON (JTA) —The average
man in the street was finally a
roused this week to the tragedy of
the Jews in Nazi-occupied coun
tries after the unprecedented trib
ute paid in the House of Lords
and in the House of Commons te
the hundreds of thousands of Jew
ish victims massacred by the
Nazis. Heretofore, a House of
Parliament stood in silence only
upon the death of a British Sover
eign.
JEWISH AGENCY ASKS
UNITED NATIONS TO
TRANSLATE SYMPATHY
INTO REFUGE
Jerusalem (JPS-Palcor) —An
appeal to the United Nations to
translate their declaration of hor
ror and indignation at the Nazi
massacre of Jews into “refuge for
homeless people” was issued here
by the Jewish Agency for Pales
tine. Its statement read as fol
lows:
“The United Nations have pas
sed judgment on the mass mur
ders now perpetrated in German
Europe. Jewry hears this verdict
as the voice of the conscience of
men. Active measures to counter
the German policy must flow from
it in moral sequence.
“We appeal to all free nations
to give refuge to these homeless
people. We appeal to the British
Government as trustees of our
National Home. Let half a mil
lion Jews in Palestine be enabled
to fulfill their duty and mission
by receiving their brethren and
sisters in one place, where the
Jewish refugees will cease to be
strangers.” , t
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