Fiddler On The Roof; Hebrews in Russia - December 9
- 2013 12 Dec
The Play, "Fiddler on the Roof," tells the story recounted by President Benjamin Harrison on DECEMBER 9, 1891: "This Government has found occasion to express...to the Government of the Czar its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia. By the revival of anti-semitic laws, long in abeyance, great numbers of those unfortunate people have been constrained to abandon their homes and leave the Empire by reason of the impossibility of finding subsistence within the pale to which it is sought to confine them." President Harrison continued: "The immigration of these people to the United States-many others countries being closed to them-is largely increasing...It is estimated that over 1,000,000 will be forced from Russia within a few years." Harrison went on: "The Hebrew is never a beggar; he has always kept the law - life by toil - often under severe and oppressive civil restrictions. It is also true that no race, sect, or class has more fully cared for its own than the Hebrew race." President Benjamin Harrison concluded: "This consideration, as well as the suggestion of humanity, furnishes ample ground for the remonstrances which we have presented to Russia."