organized itself under the name: The Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, and this committeepublished my address under the title: A Program for the Jews. Ten thousand copies of that program werepublished and distributed. Thus far, this program met with universal condemnation. This I expected. ButI soon realized that, if my program is to receive a more friendly hearing, it must be presented adequately.The following is a more adequate basis for my program.Dated: Belle Harbor, New York, March 28, 1939. Harry Waton.[page 9]A PROGRAM FOR THE JEWSFor His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation; and all theinhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He doeth according to His will in the host of heaven,and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stay his hand, or say unto Him; What dost Thou?—DANIEL,iv. 31-32.1. When in 1929 our inflated prosperity burst like a soap bubble and revealed the unsoundness of oureconomic system, its inherent contradictions and its decay, it was universally believed that this was only alocal and temporary economic disturbance, which would soon pass away, and prosperity would come tous again. Since then more than nine years passed. During these years more than a hundred billion dollars'worth of actual and potential values disappeared, tens of millions of human beings in this countrysuffered privation, misery and humiliation, and the government sank ever deeper into a morass ofdeficits. Notwithstanding all this, we still believe that the economic crisis is only of a temporary nature,which will soon pass away, and we still confidently hope for the return of prosperity in the near future.During these years, the government, the brain trusts and the leaders in industry, commerce and financewere searching for the philosopher's stone by which, they hoped, to regenerate our economic system, torevive business and to restore to us prosperity, but all in vain; the philosopher's stone was not discovered,the economic system was not regenerated, business was not revived, and prosperity did not come. AllNew Deal measures taken by the government proved futile, and futile they had to be; for they sought tomeet what seemed !to be only a local and temporary disturbance, whereas what faced us was a universaland permanent situation. If from the beginning of the crisis, the government, the brain trusts and theleaders in in-10dustry, commerce and finance had realized that we were confronted with a universal and permanentsituation, and had adopted a radical measure to meet that situation, we would have been spared infinitesuffering, and now we would have been in a far better position, and the future would be bright. But wedid not adopt such radical measure, because we did not understand the nature of the situation thatconfronted us. To adopt a radical measure implies a recognition of the fact that a revolutionarytransformation of society is taking place all over the world, and this would require a change of ideas, achange of philosophy, and a change of the mode of life. But men will rather perish than change theirideas, their philosophy and their mode of life. This was the universal tragedy of mankind, this is theirpresent tragedy, and this is also the tragedy of the Jews.2. When Hitler came to power and began to realize in practice his anti-Semitic philosophy, the Jewsbelieved that this was only a local and temporary political disturbance, which would soon pass away, andthe Jews in Germany would again enjoy peace and security.
The Jews declared war against NaziGermany, and by means of the boycott they believed that they would destroy the Nazi power inGermany, and would restore Germany to its former state
. More than six years passed since then. Duringthese years the Jews in Germany and Austria were expropriated of their property, their possessions andtheir interests, they were deprived of their political and legal rights, they were humiliated and degraded,and they were subjected to infinite misery, suffering and torture. Tens of thousands of Jews in Germanyand Austria were tortured in the prisons and the concentration camps, thousands of them were brutally