Unhampered Discussion of German Situation Demanded of Minorities Congress

A blunt and emphatic ultimatum to the Minorities Congress, which opens its sessions on Sept. 16, was submitted today by Dr. Leo Motzkin, chairman of the Committee of Jewish Delegations, following a consultation in Geneva of delegates representing the Jewish minorities in Poland, Roumania, Latvia, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria. The communication, signed by Dr. Motzkin, was addressed to M. Wilfan, president of the Minorities Congress.

The letter declares that only upon the acceptance of two conditions will the Jewish minority representatives be prepared to be at the Congress. Firstly, there must be the possibility of unhampered discussion of the Jewish position in Germany; secondly, the Jewish delegates must be permitted to submit resolutions which condemn in undisguised terms the Jewish persecution in Germany.

Dr. Motzkin stressed the fact that the conditions enumerated were in themselves a compromise impossible to negotiate further, since half of the Jewish delegation had favored non-participation in the Congress, under all circumstances. Therefore, if the conditions laid down in the letter are not granted in full, Jewish participation in the Congress would be impossible, he stated.

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