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Friday, August 6, 1920.
Ct EDITORIAL THE JEWIP MONITOR The relief work for our suffer ing brethern in the war zone be tween Russia and Poland has cost American Jewry two prec ious lives: Prof. Israel Friedlan der and Rev. Dr. Bernard Cantor paid with their lives for their desire to bring aid to their fel low Jews. The murder took place in a re gion which soon afterwards fell into the hands of the Bolsheviki, so that it was hard to learn at once the details of the tragedy. A special commission of the Jew ish Distribution Committee im mediately proceeded to the scene of the murder, and according to the testimony of the witnesses, the murder occurred thus: On July 5, Prof. Friedlander, Rabbi Cantor and a local Jew named Grossman, left Kamentz Podolosk or Lemberg in a Jewish . Distribution machine. Two days later the chauffeur of the auto mobile arrived in Lemberg and said that near Yarmolinetz the automobile had been surprised by bandits who killed three pas sengers. Three members of the relief unit immediately left for the scene of the tragedy, but could not get there because the entire region had meanwhile been occupied by Soviet troops. According to several witnesses the Jews of Yarmolinetz found the bodies of the slain men and buried them in the local Jewish cemetery. Official news of the traffic event reached the Joint Distribu tion Committee on Monday, July 12 in a cablegram from its Direc tor General for Europe, Dr. Ju lius Goldman. The next day Mr. Felix M. Warburg, Chairman of the Committee, issued the fol lowing statement: . "Through the courtesy of the State Department and from our European Director, Dr. Julius Goldman, we have now received confirmation that our splendid, self-sacrificing friends and co workers, Professor Israel Fried lander and Dr. Bernard Cantor have been murdered while fulfill ing their duty and bringing re- World Jewry Mourns for Heroic Martyrs, Killed at Post of Duty lief to the innocent war sufferers in the territory of Podolia. "The news is so shocknig and so unexpected that it Is hard to find words to express the loss and the horror which we feel at this terribly sad ending of two lives which were so useful. "Professor Israel Friedlander to our mind represented what is most beautiful in the life of a de vout, loving adherent of the Jew ish faith. His whole career re flects this spirit. Refusing at every juncture the temptation of an easier career if willing to sacrifice some of his convictions, he steadfastly chose the hard road of unselifsh devotion to his task. His love for his people and could persuade him to relinquish his wish to assist in the giving of relief in the Ukrane when he received permission to go there. "The details of how he met his death are not known to us yet, but we know that he met death as he, no doubt, dreamed that he might in the American uni form, working for his people, without fear. "He had a wonderful mind, a lovable disposition and was loyal to a fault loyal to his suffer ing brethren, loyal to his friends, loyal to his religion and loyal to the country whose uniform he wore when killed. In the very last letter which members of hi3 family received, after having b' J L 111 I RABBI BERNARD CANTOR his God, as his wonderfully . brave wife expressed it, surpass ed all consideration that a man of his culture and devotion to his family might otherwise have wanted to indulge in. He wanted to see his unfortunate brethren placed in happier surroundings, to enable them to lead a life of ideals and ideas as he saw them. For that, he volunteered when ever an opportunity offered it self. He was ready to go to Pal estine, for which country he har bored many hopes at a time when that country was full of dangers, while war was still be ing waged there, and nothing PROF. ISRAEL FRIEDLANDER seen a good deal of the suffering over there and learning of the suffering elsewhere, he wrote, 'The hope of Jewry, after all, lies in America.' "His life is a record to be proud of, and his bereaved fam ily may well feel, as do all of us who had the privilege of know ing him, that the world is richer because he lived. "Rabbi Cantor, who shared Dr. Friedlander's faith, qualified for his selection for this exposed position of giving relief in the danger zone by training for the Rabbinate and acting as Rabbi of the Congregation of the Free Synagogue of Flushing, N. Y. "Dr. Bogen, who has just re turned from the other side, both in his report and verbally, has stated that this young minister developed in a most extraordin ary way under the heavy respon sibilities which were laid upon him, and that he considered Dr. Cantor one of the most brilliant members of the Polish Unit, which has done such extraordin ary work all over Poland. "I had the privilege of saying a few words to his brave mother. She gave her son to the minis try of her people, and terrible as has been the blow which struck her, she is proud of his work and proud of his sacrifice in a very brave, heroic way. "Another son of hers is pre paring to become a minister may he take inspiration from his sainted brother and carry on the banner which he had to drop so suddenly and so sadly." FELIX M. WARBURG. HELPING OTHERS THE GREATEST JOY. It is an undeniable Jewish characteristic that Jews when seeking the greatest happiness, find it in bringing joy to others. Hardly a joyful anniversary comes to pass that does not see some contribution sent by the celebrants to some worthy cause. They find immeasurable joy in the thought that their gift will bring pleasure to hundreds of children at the Fresh Air Camp, or to inmates of an orphans' home, or hospital. When occas ions of grief arise, when an anni versary of death is to be com memorated, the Jew finds his greatest satisfaction not in pil ing thousands of roses upon the grave or in erecting costly mon uments of stone, but by sending in the dear one's memory a con tribution, so that the little ones may have a tiny bit of joy, at least a medium of joy in their sometimes bleak lives. This is the Jewish characteristic worthy of emulation. May it continue to live in the breasts of all Jews. Would that every man and wom an might learn to find the great est joy, the fullest soul satisfac tion, in doing good to others. The Detroit Jewish Chronicle.