Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1918-09-27, page 01
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: ..»'*i*3jK BUY BONDS BE1<0KE IT IS VEltBOTEN °^0h}^'"» QI.UMBUS JEWISH CHRONICLE IDLE DOLLARS , ABE I'UO-GEUMAN A Wi^^iCLY DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JEWISH PEOPLE OF COLUMBUS AND VICINITY VOL. 1 COLUMBUS, OHIO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1918; No ¦ 21 AN INTERVIEW WITH BERNARD M. BARUCH-IJNDIGTATORIAL DICTATOR jtiit'(u;iute Mason Talks With the Man in Whose Hands the Fortunes of America Have Been Placed—Is Regarded As One of America's Great Minds. VERY MODEST AND UNASSUMING DESPITE P6siTI0N Baruch's Ability to Work Hard and Put His Entire Life and Energy Into Everything He Undertakes Is Great Secret of His Success. Is Baruch consulted daily by , the White House? He is. Is he consulted daily by the War and Navy Department? Yes. Hovi^ do I know it? Well I saw it. I witnessed it for days. He makes his daily Visits to the White House and to the departments, where his expert advice and far- reaching decisions are accepted have said on many important questions. But Baruch is alone in tl)iinking thus. The great minds of Artierica are of the op¬ posite opinion regarding this question. But to return to the original j question. I I'epeat, Baruch's j modesty and bashfulness is "gen¬ uine. ' One look at him at his gratefully. He is only one andi soft, bashful eyes and you'll be the others' are many, so it is much more economical and phy¬ sically more possible for him to "rush over" to the Chief Ex¬ ecutive and a few cabinet mem¬ bers every day. While waiting for him in the anteroom, I saw, or rather heard hundreds of millions of dollars in the air. The heads of the wealthiest and most powerful corporations in the World were sitting beside me, waiting to see Baruch. Most of them kings of industry, had to be contented to settle their affairs with some-.of Baruch's assistants. The big sign on the door in this ante¬ room tells the story very curtly but nevertheless vividly. "Ber¬ nard M. Baruch, Information and Inquiries." Yes, he, himself I'Barney" Baruch, is an institu¬ tion and several secretaries and clerks are constantly engaged in merely answering inquiries and giving information. All the roads in the big improvised building of the Council of Na¬ tional Defense appear to lead to Baruch, and from that little convinced of it. Talk to him one- half hour and you'll swear to it. It should be the pride of Amer¬ ica, of this democracy, that the fortune."? of the nation have been placed in the hands of this un- dictatorial dictator. Baruch w'as born to work hard | and put all his life arid energy! into everything he doe.s—^-it is, his second nature and at the same time the great secret of his success especially and particular satisfaction to do all this for America because he is a son of Israel. He feels doubly happy at the thought that his work may be—as it actually does—honor I and give credit to the Jews of [ America.' Who is it who hinted i that Baruch was not a genuinely! hearted Jew, a Jew proud oi his I race and ancestry, a Jew, who, strives in every way to add to' the credit page of the Jewish! ledger ? ¦ No greater calumny | has been perpetrated, against' anyone and no more unjustified rumor has been circulated against any individual. Baruch is an American, of course. But iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiii ARE YOU GOING TO RESPOND TO DUTY? You are about to be called upon to subscribe to the FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN. ¦ The Country's quota is $6,000,000,000, which is twice the quota of the Third Liberty Loan. The city's quota for this loan was fixed accordingly. YOU MUST BUY TWICE AS MANY BONDS OF THIS ISSUE AS OF THE PREVIOUS ONE. This Loan must be oversubscribed. You can help to shatter the morale of the Hun with your money. TWO PROMINENT lEWS COME OUT STRONGLY IN FAVOR OF ZIONISM .lacob Schiff and Oscar Strauss ^end Letters in Which They Refuse to Participate in Conference Called to Organize Anti-Zionists. CONFERENCE WOULD DIVIDE JEWS OF UNITED STATES Conditions in Russia, Austria, Germany, Roumania and Poland Such That a Jewish Palestine Seems Only Satisfactory Solution of Problem. iiiiiniiii iiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiraiiiiiiiiiiii HBii!Kii!'iiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifliii(niiii'iiiiiii[iiiiiiiiHiiiiii«iin^ Jacob H.'Schiff and Oscar S.' Philipson, that I continue to Strauss, two of the foremost 1 have the highest esteem for you leaders of American Jewry have [and I am unhappy/to feel that conie out strongly in favor of the .you are about to place yourself Zionist movement, and have au- at the head of a movement which thorizcd their letters, refusing is certain to fail, as it should , to participate in a cortfei'ence fail, and bring moreover, hurt to called to organize the opposition ; the cause which you represent in to the Zipnist movement, to be! your ministry and to which, as published. Very emphatic are you know I feel personally much room they are properly diverted, - no great Jew in America will i ' Finally I was called in. Mr. i claim a greater love, devotion I Smithers opened tiie door and i and interest in his brethren than \ ushered me into a very unpre¬ tentious-looking room, and clos- - ed the door behind us. Mr. Baruch was in the act of signing a few papers on his desk which was- fairly, but systematically, piled with all kinds of docu¬ ments.' Mr. Baruch rose. Tall, slen¬ der, gray-haired and still boyish —riot. youthful—looking, pene¬ trating blue eyes, roman nose, his face slightly elongated, and his look very soft and gentle. He looked at me and shook my hand and his smile $tt that moment made me feel perfectly at ease. In fact, I feltas though I knew him for many a day and came to pay a friendly visit at his re¬ quest. Well, we spoke of many things. In the comparatively short time interval that I spent with Baruch I learned sufficient about him to justify the stand of * so many Jews in being proud of Brother Baruch. I learned that we ought to have known more of him, that much as we wrote and spoke of Biaruch it is entirely in¬ commensurate and fallsi far too short of what Baruch the Amier- ican arid the Jew—equally as great in both callings—has been deserving. He assured nie that he has never as yet given an interview for any newspaper, that he has never allowed himself to be quot^ ed in press. He does not think, i modestly enough, that his opin¬ ions are worth anything. But does Baruch. The industries administrator, however;, is too modest, too reserved, and too much Engrossed iri actions, in doing and accomplishing things and thus, he finds little time to sing his song in the newspapers, or to deny false rumors and cal¬ umnies in the press. His actions speak much louder than words. I hope that some day he may permit me to quote him, to tell his brethren in his own wordS what they ought to knovv. Per¬ haps that day will come, and then a new Baruch, the real American Jewish Baruch will be revealed to us all.—American Hebrew. miral, Md.; Upton, Yaphank, L. I.; Greene, Charlotte, N. C.; Dix, N." J.; Gordon, Atlanta, Ga.; Hancock, Wheeles, Ga.; Jackson, Columbia, S. ,C.; Lee, Petersburg,- Va.; Logan, Texas; McClollan, A n n i s t o n, Ala;; \ ¦ Sheridan, Ala.; Mills, N. Y.;! Sherman, Chillicothe, 0.; and j Camp McArthur, Tex. I HER ¦ Camps where huts will bel' erected in the near future are! Camp • Pike, Little Rock, Ark.; Merritt, Tenafly, N. J.; Pelham Bay Naval Station, N. Y.; Sev- iei', Greenville, S. C.; Funston, Fort Riley, Kan.; Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S^. C.; Johnston, Jacksonville, Fla.; Humphries, Va.; Lewis, American Lake, Wash.; Chicamauga National Park, Tenn.; Wheeler, Macon, Ga.; Shelby,' Hattiesburg, Miss.; Ft. Bliss, Tex.; Custer, Battle Creek, Mich.; Fremont, CaK; Kearney, San Diego, Cal.; Stu¬ art, Newport News, Va.; Cody, Deming, N. M.; Magnolia, Balti¬ more, Md.; Aberdeen, Md.; Beauregard, La.'; Dodge, la.; and Eustis, Va. Several other camps where BURIAL SERVICES OF YOUNG FRENCH GIRL the statements of both of these gentlemen, leaving no doubt of their opinion on this question, which is causing so much disQus- sion among Je\vish thinkers. In his letter, Mr. Schiff states that there is little doubt that the Uvith.their mourning clothes, a I *'^^"^^^^''" °^ ^^^ ^^'^'"'^^ P^'"" dozen Jewish soldiers filled that ^^"^"^ '^'" ^''^^^ ''^ "'"^^ '''-^^'¦''^^- ' ing effect upon all Israel. His letter which is addressed to Dr. Group of Jewish Soldiers With the A. E. F. Form "Minyan". for Day of Funeral. sad room to capacity, A qhill of the hereafter ran through us all as the ceremony was being con¬ ducted. The dead girl's mother sat in a corner sobbing. Out- I side a canary was chirping hap¬ pily. Here, in this room, a soul MOTHER COMFORTED David Philipson of Cincinnati is as follows: My Dear Doctor Philipson:— Replying to your communica¬ tion of August 30,1 regret! can- Writer Touchingly Describes Ef¬ fort of Jewish Boys to Be of Assistance to Family. A touching description of a burial service conducted in France by a group, of Jewish soldiers with the American Ex¬ peditionary Forces is found in a letter which has been received by the Jewish Welfare Board. The writer is Sergeant Major George J. Miller of Perth Am- boy, N. J. His letter follows: , "Last Sunday we did some¬ thing that was never done be¬ fore. We'assisted at the burial of a Jewish j^irl. This is how it happen^: Last Thursday a French Jew came to headquart- Board huts is warranted now under considei*ation. the erection of Jewish-Welfarel^i-s asking for a rabbi. There was none, but he was led to our theologian who promised -to get i a ''minyan' together for Sunday, had departed-outside God was "°* ^^^ "'^ ^''-^ *° ^'"'^ P°™^'^- sending sunshine to wake up the «'°^ *"°^ "^^ "^"^^ *° ^^ "^^^ ^'^ world's spring flowers. In all that safllness a young girl had gone; yet outside the children were playing and jumping. "I can hardly describe the feelings running through me attached. (Signed) JACOB H. SCHIFF. P. S. With you I deplore the grevious error the Zionist Or¬ ganization, of which I am not a member, had made in its quest¬ ionnaire—sent to members of . Congress, but it would be a mis¬ take to endeavor the pouring out' of the child with the bath." Former United States Secre¬ tary of Commerce and Labor Oscar S. Straus, who was also Ambassador to Turkey and until recently Chairman of the New York State Public Service Com¬ mission, wrote as follows: , "I beg to acknowledge receipt and,.I can truly say, through a have induced me t ochange my dozen American Jewish soldiers standing there in that chamber. After the customary prayers the coffin was placed on a hearse and former attitude towards the Zionist movement- and I have since become more and more convinced that it was jn the best are i To help the boys at the front ^^e day of ,the funeral. At Fri buy' a Fourth Liberty Bond. LARGE ATTENDANCE AT MACKINAC SERVICES TO ERECT FORTY-TWO BUILDINGS IN CAMPS Jewish Welfare Board Making JGxten^ivc Preparations for • Work Among Soldiers. Camp Sherman in Ohio Secures One of the New Huts for Use of Men in Service. The Jewish Welfare, Board will soon have 42 buildings in the Camps and Naval Training Stations iri the city* The board has authorized the erection of twenty-seven new> huts in mili¬ tary cantonmetirts throughout the United States, as additions to the fifteen buildings already comiileted .in various ,pamp8. These huts are used by the Jew-r President Wilson thinks other-'ish Welfare Board Representa- wise of Baruch. Baruch be^ lieves that his expressions and advices on various .rinatters, soc¬ ial, economic, religious, Zionist, Jewish, are of no consequence,to anyone. The American people and the Jews especially, will hot .agree to that. Baruch desire^ to impress you that he can, add very little to what others may tives for administrative pur¬ poses, and by the uniformed men in camp for recreational pur¬ poses. ¦ The camps where buildings have been completed or will be completed about the end of this month are as follows: Devens, Ayer, Mass.; Kelley Field, San Antonio, Texas; Meade, Ad-: The interest shown by the summer residents at Mackinac, I'esulted in the exceljent attendr ance of between 150 and 200 per¬ sons at the last service conduct¬ ed by Rabbi Julius A. Leibert of South Bend, Ind. The service was held at the Grand Hotel.' The hotel management co¬ operated most cordially with the guests and officiating min¬ ister, thus greatly facilitating the holding of divine services. It is a patriotic duty to buy Liberty Bonds. day ¦ night's services the an- ^louncement.'was made and the I majority of the boys promised to be there at 10:30 o'clock, Sunday morning. • The time came and we had a 'minyan.' The girl who died was twenty years old and the end was dup to tuber¬ culosis. She left a mother, father and two sisters. The soldiers piled into the small room where the casket was, and our leader, together with another boy who speaks eight languages helped him out. The ritual'was con¬ ducted in the way a Jew should be bliried. "Inside, the mother and sisters sat sobbing in that dark¬ ened room. A few relatives thought came to me that such a scene had never been enacted be¬ fore. We reached the burial ground arid there, our solerrin ritual was' completed, and the body placed in its final resting place. A Jew buried as a Jew should be. That evening we made a 'minyan' for 'mincha' and 'maariv' for Kaddish.. And the thanks pf that dead girl's mother went up ,to heaven in prayer for what had been done, for her. "This city (I can't tell you its name or where it is) is a historic one so far as Judaism is con¬ cerned. -Although there are only fifteen or sixteen Jewish fam¬ ilies, who are rapidly falling away from their religion, their present mayor is a Jew respect¬ ed by the entire community. His two predecessors in office were connection with the call of the i of your favor of-August 30. Cohference- in opposition to the, "Permit me to say that I re- Zionist movenient. . gard the holding of a conference rbelieve I have already here-; to counteract-the activities of ' tofore explained to you the rea-j Zionist as distinctively unwise sons which, soon after the out- j and harmful. In view of the brek of the Russia Revolution, j fact that Great Britain, France and the other Allied nations through their highest officials, have given assurances for the welfare of the Jews in Palestine, regardless of the fact whether one is a Zionist or not, to oppose such a beneficient purpose on the part of a section of our people can, only be hurtful and show a lack not only of unanimity but of appreciation for these wel¬ come assurances, which should receive the gratitude not only of Jews as such, but as Americans, for this first significant and con¬ crete move, on the part of the Allied nations to assure freedom of development for subject na¬ tionalities. "I do hope that your commit¬ tee will recall its proposed action w^hich to the extent it may enroll a' protest,- can only do harm. I make this suggestion, yea, re¬ quest, not as a Zionist, as I am we.marched along with the cor- interests of our people that! tege to a small Jewish cemetery, ^^^ ^^is. followed by a host of the girl's | Greatly more than I did when admarers. As we walked theij fir^t ceased my opposition to the Zionist movement, do I feel now that the^creation Of a Jew¬ ish Homeland in Palestine is most desirable. I am very much afraid that conditions in Russia, Poland, Roumania, Austria, perhaps even Germany and elsewhere are such that the outlook for the Jews there—and these form a vast majority of the Jewish population of the world—is far from being a favorable one and that for reasons which would lead too far to go into here, but which by all those who want to added sombreness to the scene something I shall never forget." also Jews, and one has a marvel-;position to effectually help this proposed .creation, of a center where the Jew, forced out by im¬ possible conditions under which he may have to live in the dias¬ pora, shall be able to go with the assurance that he shall find very sympathetic surroundings and conditions under which he and his posterity.shall be willing to live. , V;',', ¦¦ : .'\ There can be no doubt that use their eyes, can be well seen, «not affiliated with that organiza considerable unhappiness, if not suffering, is likely in store, in the countries I have named, for the Jewish' population. • American Israel alone, in co¬ operation with its English and French co-religionists, is in a oas vault erected as"a shelter for his remains in that small cem¬ etery. "And that whole day—the scenes it brought to me—is Notice All who wish to send eatables to boys at Camp Sherman will please leave them at the residence of Max Topper, 105(9 Bryden Road. .Deliveries will be made every Saturday, tion, but as an American and as a lover of our people. "In every crisis of our his¬ tory, from the destruction of Jerusalem, thiere has always- de¬ veloped a fractional few who have prevented that solidarity so necessary to achieve beneficient results. "Do you wish Palestine to re¬ main under the tyranny of Geiv mans, or, what is equivalent thereto, under the subjection of their brutalized tools, the Turks? The purpose of your committee, could it be successful,. would ¦have no other result than to fur¬ ther this most deplorable end. . "I write you thus frankly and success of these endeavors will emphatically because of my high have the most healthy and re¬ freshing effect upon entire Isr rael, wherever in the world its members may be located and the proposition which you bring for¬ ward that American Israel com¬ bine to oppose these efforts, is in my opinion, nothing less than prepostei:ous. . Your proposition, in the nat¬ ure of things as these have de¬ veloped cannot be successful and will only bring forth bitterness, reciminatioi} and marked divi¬ sion among the Jewish people of this country, which I am sure, is greatly to be deprecated. Believe me, dear Doctor respect for you with tl\e hope that you and your colleagues will reconsider your proposed ac¬ tion." Rabbi Joseph Kornfeld, who is at Grant Hospital recovering from an operation for appen¬ dicitis is reported to be gaining strength daily, It is hoped that he will soon be in the pulpit again, as his absence is felt by all. Aside from his sacred call¬ ing, Rabbi Kornfeld has had great success in Chautauqua lectures. He is a member of the School Board and is connected with many other civic activities.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1918-09-27|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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