Berlin (Jun. 14)
Dr. Karl Melchior, the famous financial authority, who is a partner in the Hamburg Bank of Max Warburg has left for Lausanne, having been appointed German expert to the Lausanne Conference which meets on Thursday to discuss the financial and economic problems which remain unsettled after the Peace Treaties.
Dr. Melchior has represented Germany as a financial expert at most of the big international reparations and financial conferences beginning with the Versailles Conference at the end of the war, and last December he led the German delegation to the Basle Conference of Financial Experts, presenting Germany’s case, which was unanimously adopted by the Conference that Germany cannot pay reparations.
Dr. Bruening, who was Premier at the time, publicly thanked him in the Reichstag for this service.
When the Hitlerists attacked the Government for having appointed a Jew to present Germany’s case, Dr. Bruening said that Dr. Melchior had represented Germany masterfully at the various international conferences in which he acted as our representative, and Germany owes a debt of appreciation to this brave and capable man who has a record of great services to our country.
Last April, the Walter Rathenau Society founded to perpetuate the peace and conciliation ideals of the great Jewish statesman who was murdered by antisemites in 1922 when he was German Minister for Foreign Affairs, awarded to Dr. Melchior its annual prize for the most meritorious service rendered to Germany during the year. Dr. Melchior accepted the medal that goes with the award and handed over the money prize to German writers in distress.