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Will Rogers Jr. on: The Influence of Peter Bergson
Will Rogers Jr. I was a freshman Congressman and being a freshman I was up on the 5th floor of the old House Office Building. And somehow or the other, Peter Bergson found his way up to my office, my remote office. And he came in and I don't--he must have had an appointment, I don't remember the exact details. But I do recall sitting down there and talking to him about the Jewish position in Europe.

Now I knew a fair amount about it because it had been in the papers. We knew the Jews were under attack, the Germans were killing them, the Poles were throwing them out, and all this kind of thing was going on. But I was just like anybody else--all right, what could I do about it? I couldn't do anything about it.

Peter Bergson stimulated me, I think more than that., I think he stimulated my wife and she began to talk about it, and I began to talk about it. And I began to be more interested. And then when he had a meeting I tried to avoid any meeting with him if I could help it. I didn't want to be in public making speeches but slowly it dawned on me that it was my duty to go out and speak against the destruction of the Jews.

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