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merican Hebrew, October 31, 1919, page 582: 

(Former Governor of the State of N.Y.)

From across the sea SIX MILLION men and women call to us for help, and eight
hundred thousand little children cry for bread. 

These children, these men and women are our fellow-members of the human
family, with the same claim on life as we, the same susceptibility to the
winter's cold, the same propensity to death before the fangs of hunger. Within
them reside the illimitable possibilities for the advancement of the human race
as naturally would reside in six million human beings. We may not be their
keepers but we ought to be their helpers. 

In the face of death, in the throes of starvation there is no place for mental
distinctions of creed, no place for physical differences of race. In this
catastrophy, when six million human beings are being whirled toward the grave
by a cruel and relentless fate, only the most idealistic promptings of human
nature should sway the heart and move the hand. 

Six million men and women are dying from lack of the necessaries of life; eight
hundred thousand children cry for bread. And this fate is upon them through no
fault of their own, through no transgression of the laws of God or man; but
through the awful tyranny of war and a bigoted lust for Jewish blood. 

In this threatened holocaust of human life, forgotten are the niceties of
philosophical distinction, forgotten are the differences of historical
interpretation; and the determination to help the helpless, to shelter the
homeless, to clothe the naked and to feed the hungry becomes a religion at
whose altar men of every race can worship and women of every creed can kneel.
In this calamity the temporalities of man's fashionings fall away before the
eternam verities of life, and we awaken to the fact that from the hands of one
God we all come and before the tribunal of one God we all must stand on the day
of final reckoning. And when that reckoning comes mere profession of lips will
not weigh a pennyweight; but deeds, mere intangible deeds, deeds that dry the
tear of sorrow and allay the pain of anguish, deeds that with the spirit of the
Good Smaritan pour oil and wine in wounds and find sustenance and shelter for
the suffering and the stricken, will outweigh all the stars in the heavens, all
the waters in the seas, all the rocks and metals in all the celestian globes
that revolve in the firmament around us.

Race is a matter of accident; creed, partly a matter of inheritance, partly a
matter of environment, partly one's method of ratiocination; but our physical
wants and corporeal needs are implanted in all of us by the hand of God, and
the man or woman who can, and will not, hear the cry of the starving; who can,
and will not, take heed of the wail of the dying; who can, and will not,
stretch forth a helping hand to those who sink beneath the waves of adversity
is an assassin of nature's finest instincts, a traitor to the cause of the
human fmily and an abjurer of the natural law written upon the tablets of every
human heart by the finger of God himself.

And so in the spirit that turned the poor widow's votive offering of copper
into silver, and the silver into gold when placed upon God's altar, the people
of this country are called upon to sanctify their money by giving $35,000,000
in the name of the humanity of Moses to six million famished men and women.

Six million men and women are dying -- eight hundred thousand little children
are crying for bread.

Any why?

Because of a war to lay Autocracy in the dust and give Democracy the sceptre of
the Just.

And in that war for democracy 200,000 Jewish lads from the United States fought
beneath the Stars and Stripes. In the 77th Division alone there were 14,000 of
them, and in Argonne Forest this division captured 54 German guns. This shows
that at Argonne the Jewish boys from the United States fought for democracy as
Joshua fought against the Amalekites on the plains of Abraham. In an address on
the so-called "Lost Battalion," led by Colonel Whittlesey of Pittsfield,
Major-General Alexander shows the fighting stuff these Jewish boys were made
of. In some way or another Whittlesey's command was surrounded. They were short
of rations. They tried to get word back to the rear telling of their plight.
They tried and they tried, but their men never got through. Paralysis and
stupefaction and despair were in the air. And when the hour was darkest and all
seemed lost, a soldier lad stepped forward, and said to Col. Wittlesey: "I will
try to get through." He tried, he was wounded, he had to creep and crawl, but
he got through. To-day he wears the Distinguished Service Cross and his name is

Because of this war for Democracy six milliion Jewish men and women are
starving across the seas; eight hundred thousand Jewish babies are crying for

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