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National Minorities Congress Concludes Sessions in Geneva

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The protest of the national minorities in European countries who suffer from oppression by the majority governments was given expression at the final session of the National Minorities Congress which was concluded here today.

“The oppression of the national minorities, the disregard for their economic and cultural needs, is a blot of shame to the civilized world,” Dr. Wilfan, who presided over the congress, declared in his concluding address. He reviewed the proceedings of the congress and the work accomplished, urging the representatives of the various national minorities to join forces in their common fight for the realization of justice to the minorities.

The congress adopted a number of resolutions dealing with the various phases of the national minorities situation. At the afternoon session, the Congress unanimously adopted the resolution submitted by Dr. Margulies, following his report on the methods of regulating conflicts between minorities and their respective governments. The congress also adopted a resolution on the language question. The congress decided to issue a monthly magazine devoted to the problems of the national minorities and to institute an inquiry to establish the exact numbers and the situation of the national minorities.

A special commission was authorized by the congress to make the necessary arrangements for holding the next congress. Dr. Leo Motzkin, chairman of the Committee of Jewish Delegations, was elected to this commission.

At a meeting of the Civil Service Commission on Aug. 19, Thomas C. Murray, Director of Examinations, advised the Commissioners that the salary of Dr. Isadore J. Landsman, roentgenologist in the Bellevue and Allied Hospitals, could not be increased from $1,623 to $3,500 annually, without maintenance, except through promotion and examination, and that this advice had met with the commission’s approval, it was announced.

Dr. Landsman was appointed to the Bellevue post last month to succeed Dr. I. Seth Hirsch, who resigned in May.

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