the retiring administrative committee had referred the B’nai Brith proposal to the first meeting of the incoming administration for action.
The communications were received by the B’nai Brith head in response to letters from him to each organization informing them of a declaration of the central administrative board of the fraternal organization May 9, calling for creation of a special board of deputies composed of representatives of the three organizations, to assume complete charge of all activities of the organizations in connection with the German situation.
Mr. Cohen declared he was anxiously awaiting the approval of the American Jewish Congress of the B’nai Brith proposal. Immediately upon its receipt, he said, he would arrange for a meeting of representatives of the three organizations.
The declaration of the B’nai Brith administrative group, which was communicated to the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress, follows:
“The B’nai Brith, in the present emergency caused by the persecution of German Jews, deems it of vital importance that the Jewish agencies of this country working to ameliorate and correct the deplorable conditions be united in action. For this reason, it urges that a board of deputies be immediately created equally representing the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress and the B’nai Brith, to assume full and complete charge of all the activities of these three organizations relating to the German situation.
“The respective organizations shall agree to sponsor and support, morally and financially, a program to be determined by the deputies. The fullest cooperation is imperative between the organizations to accomplish results. The B’nai Brith pledges itself, its membership and financial support to the establishment of such facilities as are required to execute, with expedition and efficiency, the program to be determined by the deputies. It is contemplated that provision be made for representation, upon such conditions as the deputies may prescribe, of other national Jewish organizations who desire to affiliate and cooperate.”