German Deputy in Italian Parliament Presiding at Congress of National Minorities Expresses Solidarit
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German Deputy in Italian Parliament Presiding at Congress of National Minorities Expresses Solidarit

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Deputy Dr. Wilfan, representative of the German minority in Italy in the Italian Parliament, the President of the Congress of National Minorities, expressed the solidarity of the Congress, which represents 35 million people in Europe belonging to minority nationalities in fourteen different States, with the Jewish people, who are again being ### he opened the eighth Congress of National Minorities here to-day.

The Congress of National Minorities aims at tolerance and the right of development for all minorities, he went on, and the Jews are a national minority with equal rights to all. They all hoped, he said, that the influence of the League of Nations would result in regulating and protecting the rights of all the minorities.

Dr. Wilfan welcomed the return of Mr. Leo Motzkin to active work in the Congress, recalling the part he and others ## the Jewish delegations to the Versailles Peace Conference had played in secubing the Minority Protection Treaties under the League of Nations.

The members of the Presidium, Deputy Dr. Schiemann, leader of the Germany Minority in Latvia; Deputy von Szuelloe, representing the Hungarian minority in the Czecho-Slovakian Parliament; Mr. Leo Motzkin, representing the Jewish minority; Professor Kurtschinsky, representing the Russian minority in Poland, and Deputy Pelenskji, representing the Ukrainian minority in the Polish Parliament delivered addresses on behalf of their minorities.

The Jewish representatives include in addition to Mr. Leo Motzkin, Deputy Dr. Rosmarin, Vice-President of the Club of Jewish Deputies in Poland; Deputy Isaac Gruenbaum, former President of the Club of Jewish Deputies in Poland; ex-Senator Dr. Theodore Fischer, President of the Jewish National Party of Roumania, Dr. Vitenberg, and Deputy Professor Laserson, of Latvia, Colonel Tadjer, President of the Jewish Consistory of Bulgaria, and Dr. Emil Margulies, President of the Jewish Party in Czecho-Slovakia.

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