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    Fiorello LaGuardia letter concerning Jewish refugees, 1939 A fine content typed letter signed, "F. LaGuardia", 8" x 10.5", New York, June 1, 1939 to Max Abelman of the Brooklyn chapter of the United Jewish Appeal concerning fund-raising efforts to assist Jews fleeing from Germany in the wake of growing oppression and discrimination by the Nazis. LaGuardia writes, "The observance of Dedication Day on June 5 on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal for refugees and overseas needs, adds a new chapter to one of the most cherished traditions, which has again and again inspired American generosity to stretch a brotherly hand across the waters. It stirs the emotions to realize that busy men and women are ready to gather and dedicate themselves to enlist the aid of their fellow-citizens on behalf of the innocent men, women and children who -- for no other reason than their race and faith -- live under sentence of exile or wander desperately seeking haven in the far corners of the globe. Those who dedicate themselves to this effort will be performing one of the highest duties of American citizenship. They will carry with them the gratitude of countless thousands abroad and the good wishes and sincere congratulations of all those who still have faith in human decency and brotherly helpfulness..." Little could LaGuardia, or anyone else for that matter, foresee the horrors that would befall Europe in the next seven years. Two very light vertical creases and two very minor faults at left margin detract little from this fine content letter. A touching piece of history. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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