Havana Jewry Upset by Ban on Meetings

Local Jewry is still in a state of unrest and indecision as a result of the withdrawal, for the second time, of permission by the military commandant to hold a protest demonstration against the Hitler atrocities. This meeting was to have been held June 13. When the meeting was first prohibited, intervention on the part of local Jewish organizations brought the statement from General Herero, Minister of War and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, that he saw no reason why the Jews should not be permitted to hold a meeting. When asked why the meeting was again prohibited, General Herero stated that he feared that those Jews who are against a protest movement would make trouble. (There is, however, no real indication that such would be the case).

Jewish organizations in Havana cannot agree on a definite stand in the matter. Some are of the opinion that the decision of the military commandant should be accepted, whereas others believe that the matter should be taken up with President Machado and with the American Jewish Congress, which would be asked to intervene.

A meeting at which the presidents of all Jewish institutions in Havana were to consider the matter has also been prohibited.

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