“…the most overwhelming disaster of Jewish history has befallen Jews in the form of the Hitler mass-massacres…”

Letter from Stephen Wise, President, American Jewish Congress, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 12/02/1942

A plea for action and public support

“We are dealing with an insane man— Hitler, and the group that surrounds him represents an example of a national psychopathic case. We cannot act toward them by normal means. That is why the problem is very difficult.”—Franklin Roosevelt, December 8, 1942 during his meeting with American Jewish leaders

Rabbi Stephen Wise, President of the American Jewish Congress, wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt on December 2, 1942, appealing to him to publicly acknowledge that Hitler had begun the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”—the systematic slaughter all Jewish people in the lands he ruled.

Roosevelt met with Wise and other leaders on December 8th. Granting the committee one of their requests but declaring it was too early to intervene, Roosevelt offered to make a public statement if Wise and the others would compose it. Wise spent the remainder of the war trying to publicize the genocide.

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American Jewish Congress member holds sign at Montgomery March, 1965.
Photograph, American Jewish Historical Society, 1965. Source.
by Anna Khomina, Research and Special Projects Intern, Center for Jewish History

In 1918, the American Jewish Congress was established by several prominent Jewish leaders, including rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in order to ease and prevent Jewish suffering in the wake of World War I. In 1957, at the behest of Martin Luther King Jr., AJC president Israel Goldstein spoke at a meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, condemning the recent bombings of four black churches in Montgomery, Alabama. This cemented the relationship between the AJC and King, and the organization would participate in civil rights protests, boycotts, and marches. In 1963, then AJC president Joachim Prinz was one of the organizing chairmen of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, speaking shortly before King came on stage to make his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

In 1958, King celebrated the alliance between the civil rights and Jewish community, proclaiming at an AJC conference, “My people were brought to America in chains. Your people were driven here to escape the chains fashioned for them in Europe. our unity is born of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid ourselves of bondage, but to make oppression of any people by others an impossibility.”

Turkish Prime Minister returning award over Gaza comments

Turkish Prime Minister returning award over Gaza comments

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004 after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.

Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, wrote to Jack Rosen, who is the president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan’s behalf. Kilic said that Erdogan would be glad to return…

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Jewish War Against Christmas

Father Philoumenos (Hasapis) was the Monk of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Jacob’s Well near the…

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Much LOVE 2 our Jewish allies in the American Civil Rights Movement

Rabbi Joachim Prinz, 08/28/63 March on Washington: Listen to his speech here


Dr. Prinz devoted much of his life in the United States to the Civil Rights movement.  He saw the plight of African American and other minority groups in the context of his own experience under the Hitler.

From his early days in Newark, a city with a very large minority community, he spoke from his pulpit about the disgrace of  discrimination.  He joined the picket lines across America protesting racial prejudice  from unequal employment to segregated schools, housing and all other areas of life.

While serving as President of the American Jewish Congress, he represented the Jewish community as an organizer of the August  28, 1963 March on Washington.  He came to the podium immediately following a stirring spiritual sung by the folk singer  Odetta and just he before Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream speech."  Dr. Prinz’ address is remembered for its contention that in the face of discrimination, ”the most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.“ 

AJC Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Hillary Clinton

AJC Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Hillary Clinton

Last night, at Cipriani in New York, the American Jewish Congress honored Hillary with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

American Jewish Congress lauds Hillary Clinton

Associated Press Updated:

March 19, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens before receiving the American Jewish Congress’ lifetime achievement award on Wednesday March 19, 2014, in New York. (AP…

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Deconstructing the Zionist View of Gaza’s Horror - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Deconstructing the Zionist View of Gaza’s Horror – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The truth is that outside Israel, Washington, D.C. and various other Zionist strongholds, David Harris’s worldview is crumbling. And, as the numbers of those who share his viewpoint shrinks, other counter-groups, such as the boycott Israel movement, grow in number. Sooner or later a tipping point will be reached and then things will change and probably do so rapidly. On that day what will David…

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Thorsten Hinz: Atlantik-Brücke

Kreidfeuer: JF: Im Dienst der Vereinigten Staaten: Vor 60 Jahren wurden eine der mächtigsten Lobby-Organisationen in Deutschland gegründet. Die Atlantik-Brücke vereint einflußreiche Politiker, Geschäftsleute und Journalisten. Dabei haben solche informellen Verbindungen die offizielle Gewaltenteilung längst zur Theaterkulisse degradiert. Im altehrwürdigen Magnus-Haus … Weiterlesen →

Former American officials accuse Israel of breaching international law .

Former American officials accuse Israel of breaching international law .

(MEMO) – For the first time, six former senior American officials issued a statement candidly accusing Israel of breaching international law and undermining peace talks.

The statement came after a speech by the US secretary of state in Congress, in which he blamed Israel for delaying and meddling with negotiations because of its retreat from the release of the fourth batch of veteran Palestinian…

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