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Unformatted text preview: rn and brought up in Turkey and being born, let us say, in New York
City, would make in two children of exactly the same disposition, mental caliber and physical structure. One
would grow up a Turk and the other a New Yorker, and the mere fact that they had the same original capacity
for thought, feeling and action would not alter the result that in character the two men would stand almost at
opposite poles. One need not judge between them and say that one was superior to the other, for while I feel
that the New Yorker might stand OUR inspection better, I am certain that the Turk would be more pleasing to
Turkish ideas. The point is that they would be different and that the differences would result solely from the
environmental forces of natural conditions and social inheritance.
Study the immigrant to the United States and his descendant, American born and bred. Compare Irishman and
Irish-American, Russian Jew and his American-born descendant; compare Englishman and the Anglo-Saxon
New England descendant. Here is a race, the Jew, which in the Ghetto and under circumstances that built up a
tremendously powerful set of traditions and customs developed a very distinctive type of human being. Poor
in physique, with little physical pugnacity, but worshiping, learning and reaching out for wealth and power in
an unusually successful manner, the crucible of an adverse and hostile environment rendered him totally
different in manners from his Gentile neighbors. With a high birth rate and an intensely close and pure family
life, the Ghetto Jew lived and died shut off by the restrictions placed upon him and his own social heredity
from the life of the country of his birth. Then came immigration to the United States through one cause or
another,--and note the results.
With the old social heredity still at work, another set of customs, traditions and beliefs comes into open
competition with it in the bosom of the American Jew. Nowhere is the struggle between the old and the new
generations so inten...
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- Spring '11