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In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through the early 1990s. Martin Dies, chairman of HUAC, invited Leon Lewis to speak at hearings in Washington D.C. in mid-August, 1938, via this Western Union telegram. Mr. Dies states, "Was advised that you have considerable informatioin on nazism that you are willing to give committee." He advises Mr. Lewis that his travel expenses cannot be paid and indicates that he hopes Mr. Lewis can at least file a brief to be included in the official record of the hearings. Mr. Dies concludes: "Eddie Cantor will talk to you about this when he arrives Monday." 10.5 x 8 in.