Emanuel Celler, 1888-1981

Celler was New York’s longest-serving congressman, holding a House seat from 1923 to 1973. He read Herzl during World War I and became a Zionist. He attempted to assist fellow Jews by opposing the Immigration Act of 1924, which cut off most Jewish immigration to the United States, and he advocated for the admission of Jewish refugees during and after World War II.

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