March 30, 1933, pages 1, 3
At Mass Meeting
Dr. Gross, Dr. Neumann,
and Rt. Rev.Belford Speak
President and Deans Attend
"The students of Brooklyn College
respectfully petition the Secretary of State of the United States of America
to make representation to the German government to end effectively the
aforementioned abuses and to guarantee the fundamental rights to all within
This is the concluding part of the
resolution to be sent to the Federal Department and to the metropolitan
press by the combined Menorah and Avukah Societies of Brooklyn College,
who sponsored a mass meeting yesterday, called in protest against the
treatment of the German Jews by the Nazi forces, and attended by some
1000 students and faculty. It was further resolved to add a request that
the immigration laws be let down to admit German refugees into this country.
Among those present were the Rt, Rev. Monsignor John L. Belford, Rabbi
Louis I. Newman, of the Rodeph Sholom Synagogue, Dr. Louis D. Gross, of
the Board of Higher Education and editor of the Brooklyn Jewish Examiner,
President William A. Boylan, Dean Adele Bildersee, Dean Mario E. Cosenza,
Professor Stanley Rypins, Professor Joshua Neumann, Dr. Harry Slochower,
Professor Richard J. O'Neill, Dr. Louis A. Warsoff. Dr. Adelbert G, Fradenburgh,
Professor of History was chairman of the meeting.
Rabbi Louis I. Newman the first speaker
stated that the meeting, and all meetings throughout the nation, was called
to protest three things: the anti-Semitic excesses, the nights of March
9 and 10, and the boycott propaganda. "Against the poisonous propaganda
of hate we raise our voice in protest," he said. "We demand equal rights
for all non-nationals in Germany!...All of us, elders and youth together,
if we but hold fast to the principles of liberty and freedom, shall win
in the end."
Dr. Louis D. Gross, a member of the
Board of Higher Education, next addressed the meeting. "What a striking
exhibition of the law of retaliation: Hitler and his gang of cut-throats
are going to punish the Jews of Germany just because of the protests in
America." But then, he continued, the protest at Madison Square Garden
was a Hitler's Christian protest–according to logic the Christians should
be persecuted. Dr. Gros claimed that, despite this retaliation on the
part of the Nazis, the protests were right, and the only thing to be done.
"We are too much prone to bow our heads as if we are guilty, and keep
silent," he said. He suggested as con- [sic] constructive measures to
meet the situation:
1. A new ambassador should not be
appointed to Germany, as a rebuke to Hitler and his party.
2. A liberalization of the immigration
laws to permit fleeing refugees from Germany to enter this country. They
will not become a public charge, but will be taken care of.
"Though we be crucified for it over
and over again, the Jew must live!" he concluded. "And men must learn
the lesson of the Jew, which is also the teaching of the Christian: 'by
his spirit shall man persist:'"
Dr. Gross was followed by Monsignor
John L. Belford, the last of the speakers.
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