[New York City; American Jewish Congress], 1939. Item #39765
1st edition. Stapled.  leaves. 38 cm. Single sided typed transcription of the speech Alfred M. Landon gave by radio to a mass meeting in Madison Square Garden. “Thousands of persons gathered tonight in the Madison Square Garden, in a rally under the auspices of the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee and several cooperating organizations, to hear Christian and Jewish leaders condemn Nazi terrorism in Poland and elsewhere and to adopt resolution protesting against the Lublin Jewish ‘reservation’ and other aspects of Reich persecution. The audience cheered speeches and resolutions which branded Germany as an enemy of civilization, warned that Nazi oppression threatened not alone the Jews but Christians and all of mankind, and called for renewed efforts to safeguard democracy and equal rights in this country. ” ("Nazi Terrorism, Reds Assailed at Mass Rally of All Faiths Here. " Jewish Telegraphic Agency 14 Dec 1939.) “The American Jewish Congress and Jewish Labor Committee planned today to send a delegation to Washington in the near future to present to the Government a resolution adopted at last night's mass meeting of 20, 000 persons in the Madison Square Garden appealing to President Roosevelt to express to the German Government ‘America's abhorrence and condemnation’ of oppression in Poland. The resolution was adopted after the capacity audience--it was announced that 8, 000 had been turned away--had heard Herbert Hoover, Alfred M. Landon, Mayor LaGuardia, William Green, Dr. Stephen S. Wise and others denounce anti-Jewish ‘bestialities’ in Poland. An impressive part of the program was the chanting of ‘El Mole Rachamim’ by a chorus of the Jewish Cantors-Ministers Association. Thousands in the audience, on the platform and even in the press section shed tears during the memorial prayer for the victims of the occupation of Poland. Hoover, who arrived unexpectedly, coming by airplane from Chicago, read a message which he had sent previously (JTA NEWS DEC. 14) , in which he denounced ‘the bestialities visited upon the people of the Jewish faith. ’ Mayor LaGuardia, who had come in by plane with Hoover, denounced ‘those who are responsible for the outrages and the cruelties which are being inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of innocent people, ’ and the ‘new cruelty of exploited, occupied lands that were taken contrary to all rules of civilization. ’ He declared ‘there is being crystallized throughout the country today, throughout the world, a public opinion that will be visited upon the culprits not only in their day but for centuries to come. ’ Landon, speaking by radio from Topeka, said that ‘this evening you are expressing the conscience of America, a conscience that refuses to be silent in the midst of persecution. ’ He declared: ‘The time will come when the plain, average people of Germany will want to return to the amenities of international life. Decent treatment of all minority civilian groups will have a profound effect on our future respect for and appreciation of the German people. ’ ("Roosevelt to Get Rally’s Resolution Asking Action on Nazi Oppression. " Jewish Telegraphic Agency 15 Dec 1939.) Alfred M. Landon was an oil millionaire, a 1936 Republican Presidential Candidate, governor of Kansas, and a progressive. Subjects: Anti-fascism. Madison Square Garden. Republican Party. Speech. Light wear to edges, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (LB-5-51).