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Copyright, 1921, by The New York Times Company.
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February 21, 1921; page 11


Says Ignorance of History Causes False Notions About Jews.

Special To The New York Times.

CHICAGO, Feb. 20.--Henry Ford was criticised today by Sinclair Lewis, author of "Main Street," as one of the wealthy men who do not read their history and therefore at times err in their judgement. Mr. Lewis spoke at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, before the Sunday Afternoon Club.

"If the well-known Detroit manufacturer who publishes a paper of his own to issue propaganda was broad-minded and had read Israel Zangwill, the great Jewish writer, he never would have had the hallucination that this nation is going to be terrorized by Jewish bankers," Mr. Lewis said.

"He has needlessly frightened people. He has excited them over the false notion that the country is in danger of subjugation by the New York Jewish billionaires. He should have studied the history of the Jewish race and then he would have changed his views on these things. But he never took the trouble to read their history.

"That is a good lesson object lesson for you business men in the audience. You should never be too busy to read books, and particularly history."

He referred caustically to rich men who build imposing residences.

"The wives of these men are to blame," he said. "It would be preferable if such women would consent to a one-story bungalow and then hang out a sign which read:

"I am able to build a house costing $10,000,000."

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