Rabbi Olan spoke out for peace in 1936

In 1936, with a world war looming, Rabbi Olan spoke out for peace in a series of in-person and radio addresses sponsored by the nation-wide Emergency Peace Campaign, according to the Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), 22 October 1936. In an Armistice Day speech, Olan stated: “War breeds the darkest forces in a man’s heart. War was responsible for the whole crazy scheme that now engulfs the world. We cannot make the world safe for democracy—but we can preserve our own heritage, the America whose cradle is liberty and whose home is a living democracy.”.

– Rabbi Levi A. Olan. From an Armistice Day address.