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New York Times November 26, 1921; page 9


Invite Him Here to Tell Why He Opposes the jews, Lecturer Tells Audience.


Socialist Author Says It Is Part of International System With Headquarters in Berlin.

Speaking on "The Anti-Semitic Spirit on America," at a meeting of the League for Political Education in the Town Hall yesterday morning, John Spargo, Socialist author and lecturer, said there was a campaign of organized anti-Semitism in this country which was part of an international system, with headquarters in Berlin, in so far as he was able to learn. It was not the business of the Jew as such but the duty of Jew and Gentile to combat this prejudice, he said. The situation called for diligence by the Christian in exposing the fallacies of the propaganda because he owed to the Jew precisely that measure of justice he would want to be shown to others who come to America to make their homes, Mr. Spargo argued.

Mr. Spargo reviewed the race prejudices which had existed in America in other years, and in his analysis of them said: "It is always difficult to avoid suspicion of the different groups we have drawn from other countries where there has been a barrier of language, creed or customs."

At the close of his address Mr. Spargo answered questions from the audience. One person asked what should be done with Henry Ford.

"Leave him alone," replied Mr. Spargo, "let him talk. Invite him to the Town Hall and let him tell you why he is opposed to the Jews, if he will."

On the main topic of his lecture, Mr. Spargo said:

The Jews and Columbus.

"We have always had the Jew with us, because essentially he is a wanderer. In years gone by we had the Jew only in numbers capable of assimilation. There were Jews interested in the voyage of Columbus, if we are to believe history. Certain there were Jews interested in the American Revolution. Washington knew several on whom he could depend and whose fortunes were at his disposal.

"It is a good thing to remember that there never was any time in the history of the country when it was possible to distinguish a citizen of Jewish birth from a citizen of non-Jewish birth. I say that, bearing especially in mind the accusation made against the attitude of the Jew in the great World War. I went with Premier Clemenceau to visit the wounded of our men and one could distinguish no distinction of service to our country among them.

"We forget that the Jew comes to us virtually helpless. He doesn't speak our language; he doesn't understand our laws and customs. How is he going to know? He takes up his home among his own people who have preceded him. If he becomes successful and learns the ways of America he is likely to move elsewhere. Your task and mine is to see that in the administration of cities we do not permit our politicians to take advantage of the temporary condition of the peoples evolving into American citizens."

Mr. Spargo dwelt on some of the hopeful signs of amicable relations among the people of America, in telling of Thanksgiving service in which Jews and Christians took part.

Taking up the existence of anti-Semitism in America, as already told, Mr. Spargo also said:

"I dislike to hear of Jewish organizations going to court for injunctions against Henry Ford and his Dearborn Independent. We cannot save ourselves from anti-Semitism by suppressing free speech. The only safe thing for Jew and Gentile alike to do is to let them come out in the open and not compel them to operate in subterranean channels.

Pamphlets from Germany.

"A few days ago a man came to New York from Yokohoma by way of San Francisco. He was introduced to a friend of mine to whom he said, 'See what I have come to do.' He exhibited pamphlets printed in most of the modern languages accusing the Jews of most every untoward event that has ever happened. He admitted that he had brought the pamphlets here for distribution. The pamphlets were printed in Yokohoma through funds provided by monarchist groups in Germany.

"This group desires the restoration of the old regime in Germany and Russia. If they are to succeed in Russia by a coup d'etat they must turn the peasant Russian men and women against those in authority. Nobody has suffered under Bolshevist rule quite as hard as the Jews, for they belonged to the small trading class which those now in authority set out to destroy. It is a libel against the Jews and a treason against America when people try to foster hatred because of what the Bolshevists did in Russia."

"You and I as Americans worthy of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt must set ourselves against this attempt to divide our citizenry along the lines of religious and racial hatred. Let it go out to the world that every manifestation of this evil spirit will be deemed treason."

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