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bare beholding the beginnings of an era that can culminate in bthe kind of holocaust that we witnessed barely over a bquarter-century ago.

b“Perhaps it is natural that we refuse to listen. Man tends to bsee what he wishes to see and hear that which is not too bunpleasant. We prefer sweet myths and happy illusions, for bit is infinitely easier to dream pleasantries than to face un- bpleasant reality. We prefer to ignore that which upsets us in bthe secret hope that it will somehow disappear. That which bis upsetting is better ignored—such is the way of man.

b“And if this is true for man as a whole, how much more so bis it for the Jew, beaten and lashed throughout the ages, who bbuilds within himself a defense mechanism that blots out bfrom view thoughts of horror. It causes him to see lambs bwhere lions roam and he substitutes a closed mind for open bvigilance.

b“We do not wish to believe that a terrible Jew-hatred is bgrowing in the United States to an alarming degree and that bthe possibility and, indeed, probability of another holocaust bexists. We do not wish to believe it but it is true, and unless bthose who are in a position of leadership act now we may see ba repetition of a dual tragedy.

b“We may see the downfall of the Jewish community in the bUnited States—six million strong—and we may behold banother heartbreaking repetition of the refusal thirty-five byears ago to listen to the voices of those who saw the disaster bcoming by leaders who lacked both vision and courage and bwho shouted down the warnings of those who possessed bboth. It is not only the destruction of the Jews of Poland that btears the heart but the remembrance of the warnings of Zev bJabotinsky, mocked and shouted down by the pygmies bwithin Jewish leadership. It is the memory that many of the bmasses of Eastern Europe might today be alive had there bbeen a willingness to listen to reality, no matter how awful, band to heed the words of warning, despite the unbearable bimplications. Shall we, indeed, repeat the tragedy? G-d for- bbid!

b“The United States is no longer the golden land that it has bbeen for many decades, and tomorrow looms as even less b 

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