The American Jewish Congress, replying through its Administrative Committee today to the second statement issued by Dr. Cyrus Adler, on Friday, calling for the abandoning of the world Jewish conference scheduled to be held in Geneva on August 14th, refuses to be drawn into a new controversy with the president of the American Jewish Committee.
The statement of the American Jewish Congress asserts that Dr. Adler’s most recent charges that the Congress is proceeding on a dangerous course against the wishes of European Jewries, have been uttered by him once before and have been answered adequately by the Congress.
Dr. Adler referred to a letter received from a correspondent he does not mention by name, applauding the stand of the American Jewish Committee’s head in terming a world Jewish conference to a world Jewish Committee’s head in terming a world Jewish conference to a world Jewish congress a dangerous undertaking.
To this the American Jewish Congress responds by quoting a message received from Professor Albert Einstein approving the forthcoming conference.
The text af the statement of the American Jewish Congress declares:
“The second statement by the President of the American Jewish Committee contains nothing which has not already been answered in the earlier statement issued by the American Jewish Congress.
“The president of the American Jewish Committee insists that the Jews of Germany and other Central European countries object to a world Jewish conference and regard it as dangerous, quoting from an anonymous letter to bolster his case. We cite the recent cable received in this country from Professor Albert Einstein as more truly representative of the attitude of German Jewry to the forthcoming world conference:
” ‘International organization of all Jews in defense of their rights in the several countries is of the utmost necessity and importance. I am, of course, aware that many Jews may be against a world conference for fear that they will be denied their rights as citizens of the countries in which they reside. This fear is entirely without foundation. I regard the forthcoming conference in Geneva as indeed very desirable in order to discuss some manner of organizing world Jewry in defense of Jewish rights’.”
Simultaneously with this statement, Bernard S. Deutsch, president of the American Jewish Congress, stated that the following countries and organizations will be represented at the Geneva conference:
Germany, France, Poland, Roumania, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Czecho-Slovakia, Letland and America; the Independent Order Brith Abraham; the Zionist Organization of America and the Hadassah; the United Roumanian Jews of America; the Federation of Polish Jews in America and 14 other national organizations.