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Daily Worker
July 2, 1948

Hollywood Writers 'Stand in" For Anti-Fascists at Rally

By Virginia Gardner

LOS ANGELES, July 1.--Four of the Hollywood 10, convicted of contempt of Congress, "stood in" for the 11 members of the Joint Anti-Fascist Committee, who face prison terms on the same charge, at a protest rally held at the Embassy Auditorium. The rally was sponsored by the Spanish Refugee Appeal here.

    ;John Howard Lawson represented Prof. Lyman Bradley of New York University's German department who was fired after his conviction. It is, said Lawson, "a warning to teachers everywhere that from now on J. Parnell Thomas (head of the Un-American Committee) intends to do their thinking for them."
;Ring Lardner, Jr., said the jailing of the attorney and mother of two children, Ruth Leider, was "an example of something to come."


Dorothy Parker substituted for one of the Hollywood 10 who was out of the city, and who was to have spoken for Marjorie Chodorov, housewife, mother of two girls.

Miss Parker said her only "crime" had been that she had worked for children behind barbed wire of concentration camps, and in hospitals.

"She was born in this country--Hedda Hopper please note," said Miss Parker, as the audience laughed and applauded this mention of a columnist for the alien-baiting Hearst press. "She was educated in the United States. She didn't do a damn thing outside of this country but she couldn't forget there were other children than her own, who needed help.

"And God bless her, when the time came to go before the Un-American committee, she didn't give an inch. She did what she knew she must do in order to face herself."

    ;"Howard Fast made one error," said Maltz, himself a novelist of stature, and one of the Hollywood 10. "He believed what he wrote. He refused to betray democracy. That is his record. For that he will pay with a three months prison term."
;Adrian Scott, of the 10, paid tribute to the 11, and declared: "We must come to a decision. Shall we stand our ground as they have done?" The audience answered in the affirmative with applause.

The Rev. Stephen Fritchman of the First Unitarian church was introduced as "an anti-fascist minister of the gospel in the tradition of Jefferson, of William Ellery Channing and Ralph Waldo Emerson."

"There is nothing new about bigotry," said the minister. "They tried thought control in the 17th century. They banished Roger Williams, that bold genius of the Baptist church, and drove out Anne Hutchinson, the Quaker, and sent her to death. Near the State House in Massachusetts stands a bronze statue of Anne Hutchinson. I say there will be a bronze statue in New York City some day to Howard Fast."

Phillip Connelly, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles CIO Council, declared: "Attorney-General 'Texas Tom' Clark, who more and more resembles Heinrich Himmler, is the finger man, while the Thomas committee acts as judge and jury."

Others who spoke included Alvah Bessie, for Dr. Edward K. Barsky, Howard Da Silva, actor; attorneys Charles J. Katz and Ben Margolis, radio commentator Averill Berman, and Helen Fischer of the Spanish Refugee Appeal, which sponsored the protest rally.