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The Nazis And Philip Adler
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Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal,
Detroit News since 1922.
"Sent by News abroad in 1929 to
Russia and Poland; 1934 around
the world to Russia, China, Japan
and Manchukuo; 1937 to Poland,
Italy, Switzerland, Austria,
Czechoslovakia and Sweden; 1939
to England, France, Switzerland.
Returned on the storm-tossed
"Has interviewed many promi-
nent men, among them Mussolini,
ex-president Benes of Czechos-
lovakia, Einstein, Emperor Pu Yi
of Manchukuo, Cardinal Czer-
noch, the Duke of Aosta, the pre-
miers of China, Japan, Man-
In respect to the distinguished
newspaperman, it should be
stated that the data is incomplete.
It does not indicate that Philip
Adler was on an assignment by
the Detroit News and died in a
plane crash in Japan. The purpose
of that mission in 1946 is not ex-
Furthermore: it does not credit
Philip Adler with many notewor-
thy qualities. He was a linguist
and was as expressive in Russian,
Yiddish and French as he was in
English. He was the star Detroit
News reporter but was denied the
right to be the newspaper's radio
commentator — a role that was
major at that time, when televi-
sion was still in its advancing
stages. It was because of his deci-
sive Russian accent, and that pre-
vented him from becoming a radio
star. When he did appear on radio
his comments were sensational.
But because of the accent, the
top position of radio commentat-
ing for the Detroit News went to
Philip Adler was a confirmed
Zionist. He was a supporter and
admirer of Vladimir Jabotinsky
and insisted on being considered a
Revisionist Zionist. He was milit-
Here are a few of the items in
the Detroit News, published in the
crucial years, in which Philip
Adler bylined the revelations of
the horrors that were promul-
gated against Jewry and mankind
by the Nazi beasts. Basing his
facts on reports provided him by
escapees from the Nazi terror in
early 1942, Adler's indictments,
the revelations of what was occur-
ring in Germany at the time, are
indicated in these headlines over
his bylined articles:
"Race Pollution" Cases Reveal
Cruelty of Hitler Laws.
Gestapo is Judge, Jury and
German People Afraid To
Think, Talk or Listen.
Children Snared in. Gestapo Net
Hitler Wrecks Morals and
Morales of Subjects.
The Quackery of Germany's
New Racial Science.
Hitlerism Creates New Crimes
While these sound as being of a
general nature, it is the Jew as the
target of the Nazi brutalities who
emerges in these series of articles.
As means of recalling the jour-
nalistic skills of a contemporary of
Philip Adler, it is fair to recall the
articles exposing the Nazi horrors
that were reported by the late Ben
Wigder, who gained a leading role
on the Detroit News reportorial
Jewish writers on the staff of
the Detroit News half-a-century
ago were not the only ones who
were serious in tackling reports
exposing the German criminals.
James L. Devlin, the chief Federal
Building and federal courts re-
porter, and Gen. S.L.A. Marshall
were among them.
The retrieving of the newspaper
reports to show press reactions to
the mass murders, inspired by
David Wyman's The Abandon-
ment of the Jews, dealt with the
years including and following
1942-1943. Six years earlier there
already was the concern about the
rise of Hitler's power and the
treatment of it by the American
There was an important Detroit
occurrence that relates to the ear-
lier period. Russell Gore, who had
served as editorial director of the
Detroit News, visited Germany for
three weeks and was fed much of
the Nazi propaganda, with em-
phasis on the anti-Semitic as-
pects. His series of articles in the
Detroit News aroused great con-
cern. While Russell Gore had a
fine record of fair treatment of is-
sues affecting Jews, the manner
in which he swallowed some of the
Nazi propaganda was much more
than irritating. Thereupon, this
writer authored a reply and asked
a group of prominent Jews to co-
sign it. It appeared in the Detroit
News, Aug. 23, 1936. The six-
column headline read: "Detroit
Jews Answer Nazi Persecution
Defense." There was a sub-head
which stated: "Stranglehold"
Charges Depicted as Absurdities.
A second subhead stated: Russell
Gore's Article in Sunday News
Elicits Statement Attacking Offi-
cial Exposition of Germany Policy.
The signers of the response to the
Gore article were: Fred M. Butzel,
James I. Ellmann, Kurt Peiser,
Simon Shetezer, Rabbi Leon
Fram, Philip Slomovitz and Dora
Such is the local addendum to
the indictment by David Wyman.
Whatever was enacted here to
condemn the Nazi terrors and the
menace that faced the Jews is
minimal. But the record must be
kept and retained for posterity to
be fully aware of the great
An important addendum to the
David Wyman indictments in The
Abandonment of the Jews is pro-
vided by Ruth Eisenstein, daugh-
ter of the late Bernard G.
Richards, whose BGR initials
symbolized for historians and ar-
chivists that data he provided was
the most accurate on Jewish and
He was the creator of the
Jewish Information Bureau, from
the files of which Mrs. Eisenstein
has culled an article by the late