Cousin of Otto Kahn
Otto H. Kahn (1867-1934), the Jewish magnate, saw a second-hand store with the sign, ABRAM KAHN, COUSIN OF OTTO H. KAHN.
Embarrassed, he had his lawyer threaten the man with a suit.
The next day, he drove past the store to make sure that the sign had been removed.
Instead, the sign now said, ABRAM KAHN, FORMERLY COUSIN OF OTTO H. KAHN.
Kahn, by the way, was a patron of the arts. It was he who saw to it that Grace Moore joined the Metropolitan Opera, and he helped many other artists, including Arturo Toscanini, Hart Crane, and George Gershwin.
In an early film, Fanny Brice sang a song with these lyrics:
“Is something the matter with Otto Kahn,
“Or is something wrong with me?
“I wrote a note and told him what a star I would make.
“He sent it back and marked it “Opened by mistake.'”
First Catholic President
Rudolph Bing, manager of the Metropolitan Opera, invited the whole company to see a ticker-tape parade for the newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy.
As the parade went by, Bing heard one opera singer say to her daughter, “Now watch, this is President Kennedy and he’s the first Catholic president of the United States.”
The child replied, “All the others were Jews?”
Hans Christian Anderson is Appalled
Andersen, 1805-1875, was the Danish author of wonderful fairy tales.
In 1866, he went to a concert in Amsterdam.
“There was an elegantly dressed audience; but it was unpleasant to me not to see the face of the people, whose men in our time are those who have given us the most remarkable musical works, the people who gave us Mendelssohn, Halevy, and Meyerbeer.
“I did not see a single Jew and mentioned my surprise, and it was still greater when I heard – would I had misunderstood my ears! – that they were not admitted here.
“…In Denmark, God be praised, we do not know such distinctions.”
A fantasy about Jews colonizing the moon.