SPARGO DENOUNCES ANTI-SEMITIC MOVE
Calls It Menace to American Democracy and to Christian Civilization Itself.
ATTACKS FORD AS "TOOL"
Resents Propaganda Blaming Jews for International Socialism and Bolshevism.
The anti-Semitic movement in Great Britain and the United States was
denounced by John Spargo in an address on "Anti-Semitism, a Menace to
America," before the Brooklyn Civic Forum in Public School 84,
Glenmore and Stone Avenues, last night. Mr. Spargo said this
movement was not a menace to the Jew alone, but a menace to American
democracy and a menace to Christian civilization itself.
Mr. Spargo said that anti-Semitic propganda had tried to make it
appear that the Jews were responsible for the international Socialist
movement and for Bolshevism, both of which he denied.
"With this sort of propaganda those interested in the anti-Semitic
movement hope to turn the rest of the world against the Jews," he
said. "As a Socialist, I resent the charge that we have consciously
or unconsciously been the dupes of any conspiracy for the creation of
any Jewish dictatorship."
The anti-Semitic movement has gained headway in England and is even
entrenched in the lobby of the House of Commons, Mr. Spargo said. He
said he did not believe it existed in this country until he returned
several weeks ago and found a copy of Henry Ford's Dearborn
Independent on his desk. He attacked Mr. Ford for intolerance and
said he was the "tool" in this matter of men more able than himself.
"I am not defending the Jew," Mr. Spargo said. "I would not insult
the Jew by assuming that he needs a *demended. Anti-Semitism must not
succeed. We shall fight it until we have beaten it to its knees. We
shall fight it, not for the Jew, but for America and America's value
to the civilization of mankind."
*Stock Maven® editor note: "demended" was probably a typographical error meant to read "defence" or "defender".