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Felix Frankfurter

Superb Content 1941 Letter

SUMMARY: This offering is very choice letter by US Supreme Court Asso. Justice Felix Frankfurter about rising threat of Nazis to Jews. Price:$1500.00

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Felix Frankfurter (1882–1965). American Jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939–62), Presidential Adviser; Superb Content Typed Letter Signed, one page, octavo sheet, on personal Supreme Court stationery, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1941. Writing to attorney, Fanny Holtzmann, who was working to admit more Jews into the U.S. and bring attention to Nazi atrocities, Justice Frankfurter reponds to her letter eloquently, but at the same time addresses the limits, as a Justice, of his willingness to act and use his office in a political role, however much he agrees with her views. The letter reads in part:
"...I believe what I am sure the overwhelming number of other Americans believe, that the issue which confronts the world is as clear an issue between right and wrong as history records. What is at stake is nothing less than the ideals to which this country particularly was dedicated. But when it comes to specific problems like those raised by you I am rigorously confined within the area of my judicial duties as well as by the limitations of my competence. However much I may sympathize with you, I am not qualified to express an opinion on your proposal. Sincerely yours, Felix Frankfurter".
Frankfurter briefly practiced law and served as an assistant district attorney in New York before joining the faculty at Harvard Law School (1914-39). While at Harvard, he served as a legal adviser to President Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference (1919). An early contributor to The New Republic, he helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (1920) and argued in favor of Sacco and Vanzetti's right to a new trial. He advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on many New Deal programs and, in 1939, Roosevelt named him to the U.S. Supreme Court (1939-62). His tenure on the court tamed his liberalism. As this letter indicates, his opinions reflected his belief in judicial restraint: that the law should emanate from the people and the legislative process rather than the court. In 1963 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Fanny Ellen Holtzmann (1902-1980), an attorney, who specialized in motion picture and copyright cases, gained international fame in 1934 in the "Rasputin" trial in Great Britain. Through her European clients she learned of Hitler's early atrocities and through her celebrity convinced the U.S. Immigration Service to permit more Jews into the country. She solicited money to ensure the immigrants would not become dependent upon public funds. Although she was able to save hundreds of persons, Miss Holtzmann's own relatives died in concentration camps. This letter from Justice Frankfurter presumably is in response to a solicitation to speak out in his capacity as an Associate Justice on the rise of Nazism.
Justice Frankfurter's response is just as powerful and timely today as it was in 1941. Her correspondence with him (1939-1960) is documented in her papers at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Normal aging, hole punched in the top margin, otherwise, fine.

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