THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 245
Chapter 7: Aliyah: Time to Go Home
 
 
Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
Aliyah 245

bThe one who placed the ad was a student named David Kerr bwho then put a large Nazi swastika flag in his dormitory bwindow. Passions ran high as the school administration typi- bcally vacillated, and JDL arranged for me to speak.

bWhile a number of trustees objected to my appear- bance—they had not spoken up against the swastika—I made bit clear that I would appear and Hofstra President bClifford Lord told the press that “it is vitally important that bthe college campus be kept open even for the most extreme bpoints of view.” (The same day, the swastika was taken bdown.) If Dr. Lord meant by this to equate me with Kerr, bI could not have cared less. If he meant by this that both bmy and Kerr’s “rights” were the same and should be bequally protected, the JDL differed strongly and I intended bto state clearly our position.

bIn my speech to a packed hall of eight hundred students bwho had submitted to being searched as they entered the bheavily policed auditorium, I stated that Kerr should have bbeen “physically beaten” and that “there was only one way to bhandle” the situation. I ticked off the list of concentration bcamps where six million died and called them the “fruits of bfreedom of speech for Nazis.” I warned the students not to blaugh off Nazi manifestations and that Hitler had begun bwith less than the NSWPP had.

bHolding up a picture showing Nazi soldiers laughing as bJews were being beaten, I said: “There are those who would bsay that to physically beat David Kerr is not humane or bmoral. But I tell you that had the Jews in Germany done the bsame thing, early, to the Nazis, there would not have been a bpicture like this.” I again called for Jews to understand what bwas happening and make plans for aliyah to Israel.

bEverywhere I went during the days of February and bMarch that I was in the United States, I spoke of aliyah. At bthe University of Pennsylvania I said, “There is an ultimate bsolution to the Jewish problem: the Jewish State.” In bsynagogues throughout the country I warned Jews about bthe conditions that were leading to an ultimate Holocaust. I btried to explain to them then and to this day about the hate borganizations and the literature and the efforts being made b 

Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
 
 
THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 245
Chapter 7: Aliyah: Time to Go Home